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literature (n.)

15世纪初,"书学",来自拉丁文 literatura / litteratura "学问,一种写作,语法",原为"用字母形成的文字",来自 litera / littera "字母字母"也是"书信,写作,文件;文学,大书;科学,学问"(见 letter (n.1))。在英语中原为"书学"(在这个意义上,它取代了古英语 boccræft );"作家的活动,文学家的职业"的含义最早见于1779年约翰逊的《英国诗人的生活》;"作为一个整体的文学作品,一个时期或一个民族的著作体"的含义最早见于1812年的记载。

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Reading"]

意为"特定主题的全部著作"是到1860年;"一般的印刷品"的意义是1895年起。该拉丁语也是西班牙语 literatura 、意大利语 letteratura 、德语 Literatur

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Definitions of literature from WordNet

literature (n.)
creative writing of recognized artistic value;
literature (n.)
published writings in a particular style on a particular subject;
the technical literature
one aspect of Waterloo has not yet been treated in the literature
literature (n.)
the profession or art of a writer;
her place in literature is secure
literature (n.)
the humanistic study of a body of literature;
Synonyms: lit
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