variants or belles-lettrism
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 eraW. L. Moore

Word History


belles lettres + -ism

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“Belletrism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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