of or relating to or characteristic of literature
knowledgeable about literature
"a literary style"
appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing
"when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"
Relating to literature.
Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.
Knowledgeable of literature or writing.
Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.
Etymology: From littéraire.
of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation
versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man
Etymology: [L. litterarius, literarius, fr. littera, litera, a letter: cf. F. littraire. See Letter.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lit′ėr-ar-i, adj. belonging to letters or learning: skilled in learning.—n. Lit′eracy, state of being literate:—opp. to Illiteracy.—adj. Lit′erāte, acquainted with letters of learning: learned.—n. one educated, but not having taken a university degree, esp. a candidate for holy orders who has not been at a university.—n.pl. Literā′tī, men of letters, the learned (sing. forms, Literā′tus, Literä′to).—adv. Literā′tim, letter for letter: without the change of a letter.—n. Literā′tor, a dabbler in learning: a man of letters, a literary man—sometimes in the French form Littérateur.—adj. Lit′erose, distinctively literary.—n. Literos′ity. [L. literarius.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'literary' in Adjectives Frequency: #402
The numerical value of literary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of literary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
They come here because they want to be able to speak freely and write freely, their literary writing was the cause of their persecution.
It is interesting to note that poetry, a literary device whose very construct involves the use of words, is itself the word of choice by persons grasping to describe something so beautiful it is marvelously ineffable.
Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.
Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
“From Conrad Aiken to Flannery O’Connor to Midnight, Savannah has always been a literary town. But certainly one of her most consistently excellent—and consistently underrated—writers is the man known as Aberjhani. Known for his nationally published short stories and poetry Aberjhani has received critical acclaim for his ability to encapsulate the Southern black experience in a sensitive and poignant way that’s accessible to readers of any race or region.” --from All That Jazz
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- literariCatalan, Valencian
- írói, irodalmiHungarian
- litteraria, litterarium, litterarii, litterariae, litterariusLatin
- litterærNorwegian Nynorsk
- literari, literar, literarăRomanian
- книжный, литературныйRussian
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