- 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 esthetics
Drafts for the dedication, the preface, and for a work on Esthetics.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
There is a lecture on the esthetics of modern art at Philamo Hall.The Raid on the Termites
What has the author to say of education, religion and esthetics?The Complete Club Book for Women
Caroline French Benton
Associated words: esthetics, æsthetic, æstheticism, æsthete.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
These flowers were the only concession to esthetics that Mr. Flint indulged.The Blood Red Dawn
Charles Caldwell Dobie
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 esthetics
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.
- Variant ofaesthetics
- Relating to the sensations.
- Relating to esthetics.