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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“Belletrism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belletrism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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