Last modified on 24 May 2014, at 01:10

belletristic

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From belletrist +‎ -ic.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

belletristic (comparative more belletristic, superlative most belletristic)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of belles-lettres
    • M. Arnold
      An unlearned, belletristic trifler.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, p. 229:
      The guest list was a roll call of belletristic London.
  2. Written or appreciated for aesthetic value rather than content
    • 1992, Isaac Bashevis Singer (Translated by Leonard Wolf), The Certificate, Farrar Straus Giroux, page 1:
      I had already concluded that not one of my writings was publishable, having myself analyzed the faults of my belletristic production.

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