or es·thet·ic

[ es-thet-ik or, especially British, ees- ]
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  1. relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.

  2. relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.

  1. having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.

  2. relating to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. one’s set of principles or worldview as expressed through outward appearance, behavior, or actions: the democratic aesthetic of the abolitionists.

  2. Archaic. the study of the nature of sensation.

Origin of aesthetic

First recorded in 1795–1800; from New Latin aesthēticus, from Greek aisthētikós “pertaining to sense perception, perceptible, sensitive,” equivalent to aisthēt(ḗs) (see aesthete) + -ikos -ic

Other words for aesthetic

Other words from aesthetic

  • non·aes·thet·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·aes·thet·ic, adjective

Words that may be confused with aesthetic

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How to use aesthetic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aesthetic


sometimes US esthetic

/ (iːsˈθɛtɪk, ɪs-) /

adjectiveAlso: aesthetical, sometimes US esthetical
  1. connected with aesthetics or its principles

    • relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations

    • artistic or relating to good taste: an aesthetic consideration

  1. a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culture: the Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity

Derived forms of aesthetic

  • aesthetically or sometimes US esthetically, adverb

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