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aesthetic of or relating to beauty of form in works of art, including literature, dance, music, and the like. [1/3 definitions]
agitprop inflammatory political propaganda spread through literature, theater, music, and art, esp. as used in support of communism.
allegory a device in art or literature by which abstract moral or spiritual qualities are represented by concrete characters, things, and events. [1/2 definitions]
antagonist in literature, the hero's enemy. [1/3 definitions]
Augustan of or relating to Augustus Caesar, to the period in which he reigned, or to the Latin literature of that period. [2/3 definitions]
ave good-bye!; farewell! (used mainly in literature). [1/4 definitions]
belles-lettres (used with a sing. verb) elegant or polished writing; literature regarded as having an aesthetic function, as distinguished from informative or persuasive writing.
chef-d'oeuvre a crowning achievement or masterpiece, esp. in music, the fine arts, or literature.
classic a work of art or literature that is considered of the first rank, or as a standard by which to judge others. [1/8 definitions]
classical having a style resembling that of Greek and Roman art and literature, esp. including the qualities of simplicity, restraint, and balance. (Cf. romantic.) [1/3 definitions]
classicism principles of art and literature based on those of ancient Greek and Roman culture. (Cf. romanticism.)
cognoscente someone who has exceptional knowledge in a given area, esp. of fashion, literature, or the fine arts; connoisseur.
comedy a light, amusing work of theater, film, or literature. [1/4 definitions]
critique a written critical review of or commentary on a work, esp. of art, literature, or the like. [1/3 definitions]
culture the artistic and intellectual endeavors of a society or social class, as in the areas of music, art, fashion, and literature, or the works that are produced from these endeavors, esp. those considered of good taste and high value. [1/8 definitions]
Don Juan in Spanish legend and literature, a nobleman famous for his seduction of women. [1/2 definitions]
drear in literature, dreary; dismal; boring.
e'en contracted form of "even" (used chiefly in literature). [2 definitions]
e'er contracted form of "ever" (used chiefly in literature).
Ernest Hemingway U.S. fiction writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 (b.1899--d.1961).
erotica (used with a sing. or pl. verb) books, pictures, and the like that tend to arouse sexual feelings; erotic literature or art.