- relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.
- relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.
- having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.
- relating to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality.
- the philosophical theory or set of principles governing the idea of beauty at a given time and place: the clean lines, bare surfaces, and sense of space that bespeak the machine-age aesthetic; the Cubist aesthetic.
- a particular individual’s set of ideas about style and taste, along with its expression: the designer’s aesthetic of accessible, wearable fashion; a great aesthetic on her blog.
- one’s set of principles or worldview as expressed through outward appearance, behavior, or actions: the democratic aesthetic of the abolitionists.
- Archaic. the study of the nature of sensation.
Origin of aesthetic
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Examples from the Web for aesthetic
So, the display—which has the aesthetic sophistication of a middle school science project—will go up for week.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
For aesthetic reasons, ski resort operators try to limit the noise and infrastructure associated with producing power.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
Umm…to me, pop music is more of a science term than an aesthetic.The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer
November 14, 2014
But the softness, the muted quality in turn became an aesthetic.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
But in Bewick's case the aesthetic level is not particularly high.Why Bewick Succeeded
From an aesthetic point of view these are superior to anything else he wrote.John Lyly
John Dover Wilson
War has often been praised because of its aesthetic nature, and its dramatic features.
So the aesthetic is the type of adaptation in the inner life.
The aesthetic experience is a practical attitude in another way.
sometimes US esthetic
- connected with aesthetics or its principles
- relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
- artistic or relating to good tastean aesthetic consideration
- a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culturethe Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity
Word Origin and History for aesthetic
1798, from German Ästhetisch or French esthétique, both from Greek aisthetikos "sensitive, perceptive," from aisthanesthai "to perceive (by the senses or by the mind), to feel," from PIE *awis-dh-yo-, from root *au- "to perceive" (see audience).
Popularized in English by translation of Immanuel Kant, and used originally in the classically correct sense "the science which treats of the conditions of sensuous perception." Kant had tried to correct the term after Alexander Baumgarten had taken it in German to mean "criticism of taste" (1750s), but Baumgarten's sense attained popularity in English c.1830s (despite scholarly resistance) and removed the word from any philosophical base. Walter Pater used it (1868) to describe the late 19c. movement that advocated "art for art's sake," which further blurred the sense. As an adjective by 1803. Related: Aesthetically.
- Relating to the sensations.
- Relating to esthetics.