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Is there a place on the Interent where we can find words with meaning that marked as literary in the OED like these:

literary


for

literary: because; since: he felt guilty, for he knew that he bore a share of responsibility for Fanny's death.


antic

literary: grotesque or bizarre.


pinion

literary: a bird's wing as used in flight.


ardent

archaic or literary: burning; glowing

I tried googling it but only found list of terms like "oxymoron" that describe different figure of speech..

  • Get a Latin dictionary. Any word you find in both a Latin and an English dictionary has "literary meaning" in English. – John Lawler Oct 16 '13 at 18:06
  • @JohnLawler The word Latin I found in a Latin dictionary doesn't have "literary meaning". – user53578878979080099421313131 Oct 18 '13 at 16:11
  • You picked the wrong word. Try again. Apparently you are the only one who knows what "literary meaning" is, so you'll have to do all the finding yourself, looks like. – John Lawler Oct 18 '13 at 16:16
  • The Latin connection could be incidental (even if essential) but a stylistic class should have been listed out in its entirety sometime somewhere by someone. – Kris Oct 22 '13 at 7:25
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    One straight off possibility is to ask OED for such a list -- that will be an authentic list to boot. – Kris Oct 22 '13 at 7:28
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Depending on how much time/energy/money/programming you are willing to throw at this problem, the Oxford English Dictionary provides an API for querying the dictionary; you could just ask for words with definitions with the "literary" tag.

  • Cool! Never heard about that before. – user53578878979080099421313131 Apr 1 '14 at 1:36
  • +1 Great idea indeed. Any idea what that 'category' (field-name) is called (by OED at least)? Usage? – Kris Apr 1 '14 at 5:39
  • @Kris I'm no longer convinced that this is a possible solution; the search API is very limited and not exceptionally well-documented, and if you have access to the OED online you can just use their advanced search from the website to achieve essentially the same thing – colinro Apr 9 '14 at 7:50
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Try the following lists. Number 1 meets your specifications, although it is by no means comprehensive, while the rest are lists of archaic words, which my New American Oxford Dictionary sometimes labels as literary as well. Number 5 is the most comprehensive of the lists.

  1. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/literary-words
  2. http://phrontistery.info/archaic.html
  3. https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/13150
  4. https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/18058
  5. http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/words.html

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