belletrism

noun bel·le·trism \ bel-ˈle-ˌtri-zəm \
variants: or belles-lettrism \bel-ˈle-ˌtri-zəm\

Definition of belletrism

plural -s
:an interest in belles lettres to the neglect of more practical or informative literature :literary aestheticism
  • emphasis upon belletrism … is an educational luxury in this chaotic era
  • —W. L. Moore

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Origin and Etymology of belletrism

belles lettres + -ism


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