- a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
- a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.
Origin of aesthete
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Examples from the Web for aesthete
The trouble was that the fight took on a life of its own, until the warrior in Hilton nearly crushed the aesthete.In Memoriam: Hilton Kramer
April 11, 2012
He makes people who I call the aesthete—who have a very specific aesthetic point of view.Louboutin Looks Back
November 3, 2011
He is not really an aesthete at all; he is too Voltairian for that.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Indeed, if he had agreed with the aesthete, he would possibly not have introduced him.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
But it wasn't a scientist's curiosity; it was an aesthete's.Breaking Point
James E. Gunn
As a matter of fact, there was much more of the aesthete in him than of the Nonconformist.Old and New Masters
And this is the condition of the decadent, of the aesthete, of the free-lover.The Defendant
- a person who has or who affects a highly developed appreciation of beauty, esp in poetry and the visual arts
Word Origin and History for aesthete
1878, in vogue 1881, from Greek aisthetes "one who perceives," from stem of aisthanesthai "to perceive, to feel" (see aesthetic).
I want to be an aesthete,
And with the aesthetes stand;
A sunflower on my forehead,
And a lily in my hand.
["Puck," Oct. 5, 1881]