Literature vs Article - What's the difference?

literature | article |

As nouns the difference between literature and article

is that literature is the body of all written works while article is a part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.

As a verb article is

to bind by articles of apprenticeship.

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Alternative forms

* literatuer (obsolete)


  • The body of all written works.
  • The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group or culture.
  • All the papers, treatises etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
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  • The obvious question to ask at this point is: ‘Why posit the existence of a set of Thematic Relations (THEME, AGENT, INSTRUMENT, etc.) distinct from constituent structure relations?? The answer given in the relevant literature is that a variety of linguistic phenomena can be accounted for in a more principled way in terms of Thematic Functions than in terms of constituent structure relations.
  • Written fiction of a high standard.
  • However, even “literary” science fiction rarely qualifies as literature , because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. —Adam Cadre, 2008


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    (en noun)
  • A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.
  • * Paley
  • upon each article of human duty
  • * Habington
  • each article of time
  • * E. Darwin
  • the articles which compose the blood
  • A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=Lee A. Groat, volume=100, issue=2, page=128, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Gemstones , passage=Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are
  • A member of a group or class
  • An object.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles  […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.}}
  • (grammar) A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a'', ''an'', or ''the'' in English). In some languages the article''' may appear as an ending (e.g. definite ' article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Russian, Pashto).
  • A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  • (derogatory) A person.
  • * {{quote-news, 2001, August 4, Lynne Walker, Classical: Musical portrait of the artist as a young man, The Independent citation
  • , passage="You dateless article ," stormed his father, leaving Bennett to realise in his laconic way that he was, and probably always would be, a disappointment to Dad.}}
  • A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl.
  • (dated) Subject matter; concern.
  • * Addison
  • a very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding
  • * Daniel Defoe
  • This last article will hardly be believed.
  • (dated) A distinct part.
  • (obsolete) A precise point in time; a moment.
  • * Evelyn
  • This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice.

    Derived terms

    * charticle * listicle * definite article * indefinite article


  • To bind by articles of apprenticeship.
  • to article an apprentice to a mechanic
  • * 1876 , Sabine Baring-Gould, The Vicar of Morwenstow ,
  • When the boy left school at Liskeard, he was articled to a lawyer, Mr. Jacobson, at Plymouth, a wealthy man in good practice, first cousin to his mother; but this sort of profession did not at all approve itself to Robert's taste, and he only remained with Mr. Jacobson a few months.
  • (obsolete) To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
  • * 1665 , Samuel Pepys, Diary ,
  • At noon dined alone with Sir W. Batten, where great discourse of Sir W. Pen, Sir W. Batten being, I perceive, quite out of love with him, thinking him too great and too high, and began to talk that the world do question his courage, upon which I told him plainly I have been told that he was articled against for it, and that Sir H. Vane was his great friend therein.
  • * Stat. 33 Geo. III
  • He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty.
  • To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable.

    Derived terms

    * articled clerk


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