autotelism
autotelism autotelism n. 1. belief that a work of art is an end in itself or its own justification. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • autotelism — ▪ literature       the belief that a work of art, especially a work of literature, is an end in itself or provides its own justification and does not exist to serve a moral or didactic purpose. It was adopted by proponents of New Criticism in the …   Universalium

  • autotelism — noun a) The belief that an entity or event has within itself its own meaning or purpose. b) In literature or art, the belief that a work, having been created, is a justification in and of itself. Poems with a unified rhetorical device to frame… …   Wiktionary

  • autotelism — au·to·tel·ism …   English syllables

  • autotelism — noun belief that a work of art is an end in itself or its own justification • Derivationally related forms: ↑autotelic • Hypernyms: ↑belief * * * ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷+ˈteˌlizəm, ˈtēˌl also ȯˈtätəlˌiz noun ( s) …   Useful english dictionary

  • autotelic — autotelism, n. /aw teuh tel ik/, adj. Philos. (of an entity or event) having within itself the purpose of its existence or happening. Cf. heterotelic. [1900 05; AUTO 1 + TELIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • autotelic — adj. 1. of or pertaining to autotelism. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autotelic — adjective a) An entity or event has within itself its own meaning or purpose. b) In literature or art, a work, having been created, that is self justifying. Poems with a unified rhetorical device to frame the poem in a singular idea. See Also:… …   Wiktionary

  • autotelic — [ôt΄ōtel′ik] adj. [< Gr autotelēs, complete in itself (see AUTO & TELEOLOGY) + IC] having an end in itself; engaged in for its own sake, as some creative art autotelism n …   English World dictionary

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