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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

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
Milton Friedman

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

Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship, and that almost never stops literature going where it wants to go either, because literature has a way of surpassing everything that blocks it and growing stronger for the exercise.
Ali Smith

Music enriches people's lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that.
Victoria Wood

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Anton Chekhov
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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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