Definition of literaryism in US English:

literaryism

noun

  • 1A word, phrase, or other use of language that is characteristic of or peculiar to literature or the art of writing, especially of a self-conscious literary type; a literary convention, device, or cliché.

  • 2The practice of using literary language, references, or conventions, especially at the expense of freshness and clarity of expression; the use of literaryisms; the tendency to use these.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederick Elworthy (1830–1907), philologist and antiquary. From literary + -ism.

Pronunciation

literaryism

/ˈlɪt(ə)rɪɪz(ə)m/