literary [lit′ər er΄ē]
[L litterarius < littera, LETTER1]
a) of, having the nature of, or dealing with literature
b) of or having to do with books or writing [literary agents]
2. characterized by the more formal, balanced, and polished language of literature rather than the informal language of speech
a) familiar with or versed in literature
b) making literature a profession

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