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It may perhaps be said that this longing of faith, that this hope, is more than anything else an esthetic feeling.
The difference, however, is in the vesture that the esthetic ideal assumes.
There can be no doubt at all, however, of the artistic tastes and esthetic genius of the man who designed it.
In the esthetic field, creation is accompanied by a momentary belief.
He could make deliberate and well-considered selections; he could consult his esthetic tastes.
esthetic imagination,contrasted to mechanical, 264;Fixity of, 264.
It is of the esthetic value of the apple I would write, leaving its supreme place in pomology unassailed.
He was content with making it an esthetic or at most a household enterprise.
Yet he had encountered Julia first at the home of Mrs. Hurst, whose bourgeois pretensions to esthetic interest he despised.
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.
esthetic es·thet·ic (ěs-thět'ĭk)
Variant of aesthetic.
aesthetic aes·thet·ic or es·thet·ic (ěs-thět'ĭk)
Relating to the sensations.
Relating to esthetics.