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: the archaic style of classical Chinese literary composition having many complex rules and prevailing until the literary revolution of 1917 : a literary style of Chinese as distinguished from colloquial style compare pai-hua

Word History


Chinese (Pekingese) wên2-li3, from wên2 literature + li3 style

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“Wen-li.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wen-li. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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