Literature

Definition of Literature

Lit´er`a`ture   Pronunciation: lĭt´ẽr`å`tũr; 135
n.1.Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.
2.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.
3.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.
4.The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work.
The origin of all positive science and philosophy, as well as of all literature and art, in the forms in which they exist in civilized Europe, must be traced to the Greeks.
- Sir G. C. Lewis.
Learning thy talent is, but mine is sense.
- Prior.
Some gentlemen, abounding in their university erudition, fill their sermons with philosophical terms.
- Swift.

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