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  • n. The belief that an entity or event has within itself its own meaning or purpose.
  • n. In literature or art, the belief that a work, having been created, is a justification in and of itself. Poems with a unified rhetorical device to frame the poem in a singular idea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. belief that a work of art is an end in itself or its own justification.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. belief that a work of art is an end in itself or its own justification

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