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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of belles-lettres
  • adj. Written or appreciated for aesthetic value rather than content

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  • adj. Occupied with, or pertaining to, belles-lettres.

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  • adj. written and regarded for aesthetic value rather than content


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From belletrist +‎ -ic.


  • The belletristic form to which The Spectator belongs is integral to implementing this future for philosophy.

    Post-Secular Conviviality

  • The legacy, however, of this controversy still clings to London like sticky pitch: all of his Northland sagas are labelled as "literature for children and youth" whereas Martin Eden and other "mature" fiction is catalogued and sold as "fine" or belletristic literature.

    A Bibliographical Essay

  • "It was written with newspapers before me," Southey recalled, "as fast as newspaper could be put into blank verse" (LR 1. 3n), and Woodring offers that "Few belletristic works signed by major writers can ever have come hotter from the chronicled events" (195).


  • On one hand I am too severe, holding a reductive and even dismissive view of the value of literature and literary study; on the other, I am too indulgent, giving in to the same basic background of general belletristic humanism covering the same set of books.

    The Ghost Writer

  • This book, he says, “celebrates … critical writing that honors the best belletristic tradition of our nonfiction prose” and therefore he has focused on “film criticism as an art in itself the magnet for strong, elegant, eloquent, enjoyable writing.”

    Another 5001 Nights at the Movies

  • Participation in this project remains high, with contributors unearthing older favorites from all over the belletristic spectrum.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Her belletristic analysis of bin Laden as "the American president's dark doppelganger" crosses over into Sillyville.

    The Voices Of Dissent

  • “The culture has become very journalistic, as opposed to one that was belletristic,” she said.

    Vagina Mama-Log

  • Blair's belletristic approach to rhetoric sought to cultivate taste by the critical study of a broad range of genres, works that would exercise the faculties of imagination and taste in order to help students acquire intellectual, moral, and civic virtue.

    Writing in the Academy

  • After the World War, the taste among the public for the kind of writing Walser had relied on for an income, writing easily dismissed as whimsical and belletristic, began to wane.

    The Genius of Robert Walser


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