aesthetic

or es·thet·ic

[es-thet-ik or, esp. British, ees-]

adjective

noun


Origin of aesthetic

1795–1800; < New Latin aesthēticus < Greek aisthētikós “pertaining to sense perception, perceptible, sensitive” equivalent to aisthēt(ḗs) (see aesthete) + -ikos -ic
Related formsnon·aes·thet·ic, adjectivepseu·do·aes·thet·ic, adjective
Can be confusedacetic aesthetic ascetic

Synonyms for aesthetic

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Related Words for aesthetic

artistic, creative, esthetic, artful, gorgeous, inventive

Examples from the Web for aesthetic

Contemporary Examples of aesthetic

Historical Examples of aesthetic

  • But in Bewick's case the aesthetic level is not particularly high.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for aesthetic

aesthetic

sometimes US esthetic

adjective Also: aesthetical, sometimes US esthetical

connected with aesthetics or its principles
  1. relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
  2. artistic or relating to good tastean aesthetic consideration

noun

a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culturethe Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity
Derived Formsaesthetically or sometimes US esthetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for aesthetic
n.

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.

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aesthetic in Medicine

aesthetic

adj.

Relating to the sensations.
Relating to esthetics.
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