literature

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin literatura or litteratura.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪt.(ə.)ɹ.ɪ.tʃjʊə(ɹ)/, /ˈlɪt.ɜː(ɹ).ɪ.tʃjʊə(ɹ)/
  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪ.tɚ.ɪ.tʃɚ/, /ˈlɪ.tɚ.ə.tʃɚ/
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Noun[edit]

literature (usually uncountable, plural literatures)

  1. The body of all written works.
  2. The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group, or culture.
  3. All the papers, treatises, etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
  4. Written fiction of a high standard.
    However, even "literary" science fiction rarely qualifies as literature, because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. - Adam Cadre, 2008

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