Definition of belletrism in English:

belletrism

noun

  • See belles-lettres

    • ‘The author discusses the importance of Morgan’s fiction and belletrism in developing empathy and interest in Italy’s sufferings and woes.’
    • ‘The effect of assigning this kind of importance to the cultivation of taste through belletrism is twofold.’
    • ‘Thomas Sheridan's protests aside, elocution existed as a support to belletrism by legitimizing the rationale, by incorporating its logic into the realm of embodied performance.’
    • ‘If elocution exists to treat delivery as such, we see in the continued tradition of belletrism a kind of bidden theory of delivery.’
    • ‘In the final analysis it was action, not belletrism, that moved him most deeply.’

Pronunciation

belletrism

/bɛlˈlɛtrɪz(ə)m/