Synonyms for Literary:


academic (adjective)
theoretical, scholastic, academic, bookish, pedantic, erudite, learned, scholarly.
concerning books (adjective)
belletristic, erudite, learned, literate, scholarly, bookish, formal.
well-informed (adjective)


aesthetic, avant-garde, artsy-craftsy, campy, baroque, camp, accessible, abstract, artistic. arcane (noun)
literary (noun)
literate, formal, well-written.

Other synonyms:

donnish, Pedantical, formalistic, Inkhorn.

Usage examples for literary

  1. Indeed the strictly literary merit of the tragedy is altogether extraordinary. – Porzia by Cale Young Rice
  2. If his pupils are not good enough for him, the most literary thing he can do with them is to make them good enough. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  3. No one will ever give me credit for my literary honesty. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac