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Definition of Literature

Literature

  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.

Literature Quotations

Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
Christopher Hitchens

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
C. S. Lewis

The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work.
David Suzuki

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman

It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.
Gao Xingjian
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Literature Translations

literature in Afrikaans is literatuur, letterkunde
literature in Dutch is litteratuur, literatuur, letterkunde
literature in German is Literatur
literature in Hungarian is irodalom
literature in Italian is letteratura
literature in Norwegian is litteratur
literature in Portuguese is literatura
literature in Swedish is lektyr, litteratur
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