belletrism

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

Definition of belletrism 

: 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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History and Etymology for belletrism

belles lettres + -ism

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