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Definition of literature:

  1. Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.
  2. The class of writings distinguished for beauty of style or expression, as poetry, essays, or history, in distinction from scientific treatises and works which contain positive knowledge; belles- lettres.
  3. The collective body of literary productions, embracing the entire results of knowledge and fancy preserved in writing; also, the whole body of literary productions or writings upon a given subject, or in reference to a particular science or branch of knowledge, or of a given country or period; as, the literature of Biblical criticism; the literature of chemistry.
  4. The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work.

Synonyms:

story, books, comment, exposition, history, theme, observation, dissertation, thesis, belles-lettres, treatment, literary productions, drama, summary, publications, tract, writings, critique, report, lit, discourse, literary works, findings, lore, treatise, record, abstract, novel, research, poetry, essay, biography, discussion, paper, disquisition, article.

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