polite+literature

  • 1 polite literature — noun Belles lettres, ie poetry, essays, standard novels, etc, as distinguished from scientific treatises and the like • • • Main Entry: ↑polite …

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  • 2 Polite — Po*lite , a. [Compar. {Politer}; superl. {Politest}.] [L. politus, p. p. of polire to polish: cf. F. poli. See {Polish}, v.] 1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Rays of light falling on a polite surface. Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

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  • 3 literature — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. books, belles lettres, letters. See writing. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Artistic production in language] Syn. letters, lore, belles lettres, literary works, literary productions, writing, the humanities,… …

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  • 4 literature — Synonyms and related words: French literature, Renaissance literature, ancient literature, article, autograph, belles lettres, belles lettres, bibliography, body of knowledge, body of learning, brainchild, brochures, circulars, classics,… …

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  • 5 polite — adjective (politer; est) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) polit, Latin politus, from past participle of polire Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of advanced culture b. marked by refined cultural interests… …

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  • 6 literature — n. 1. Learning, erudition, letters, lore. 2. The humanities, the Muses, belles lettres, polite literature. 3. Literary productions, literary works …

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  • 7 literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …

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  • 8 literature — /ˈlɪtrətʃə / (say litruhchuh), /ˈlɪtərətʃə / (say lituhruhchuh) noun 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, romance, history,… …

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  • 9 American literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the English language in the United States.       Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it. For almost a century and a… …

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  • 10 English Literature — • Latin, French, Italian, Greek, and Spanish literatures are a few of the influences Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. English Literature     English Literature      …

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  • 11 English literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day. The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are… …

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  • 12 Arabic literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the Arabic language.       The tradition of Arabic literature stretches back some 16 centuries to unrecorded beginnings in the Arabian Peninsula. At certain points in the development of… …

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  • 13 French literature — Introduction       the body of written works in the French language produced within the geographic and political boundaries of France. The French language was one of the five major Romance languages to develop from Vulgar Latin as a result of the …

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  • 14 Spanish literature — Introduction       the body of literary works produced in Spain. Such works fall into three major language divisions: Castilian, Catalan, and Galician. This article provides a brief historical account of each of these three literatures and… …

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  • 15 Latin literature — History of Literature Bronze Age literature Sumerian Egyptian Akkadian Classical literatures …

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  • 16 Occitan literature — still sometimes called Provençal literature is a body of texts written in Occitan in what is nowadays the South of France. It originated in the poetry of the 11th and 12th century troubadours, and inspired the rise of vernacular literature… …

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  • 17 Spanish Language and Literature — • As a medium of literary expression Spanish asserted itself first in the twelfth century: it had been six or seven centuries in the process of evolution out of Latin Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Spanish Language and Literature      …

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  • 18 Middle English literature — History of Literature Bronze Age literature Sumerian Egyptian Akkadian Classical literature …

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  • 19 Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age literature — is the literature written in the Dutch language in the Low Countries from around 1550 to around 1700. This period saw great political and religious changes as the Reformation spread across Northern and Western Europe and the Netherlands fought… …

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  • 20 French literature of the 17th century — mdash;the so called Grand Siècle mdash;spans the reigns of Henry IV of France, the Regency of Marie de Medici, Louis XIII of France, the Regency of Anne of Austria (and the civil war called the Fronde) and the reign of Louis XIV of France. The… …

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