|literature (ˈlɪtərɪtʃə, ˈlɪtrɪ-)|
|1.||written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc, esp works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest|
|2.||the body of written work of a particular culture or people: Scandinavian literature|
|3.||written or printed matter of a particular type or on a particular subject: scientific literature; the literature of the violin|
|4.||printed material giving a particular type of information: sales literature|
|5.||the art or profession of a writer|
|[C14: from Latin litterātūra writing; see |
a body of written works. The name has traditionally been applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the perceived aesthetic excellence of their execution. Literature may be classified according to a variety of systems, including language, national origin, historical period, genre, and subject matter.
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