aesthetic

or es·thet·ic

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

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If you like a certain type of interior design, or art form, or particular band, or even a certain color ... that is your aesthetic; it evokes a happy and calming emotion in you because it's what is pleasing to your senses.

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adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. aesthesiometer,
  2. aesthesiometry,
  3. aesthesiophysiology,
  4. aesthesis,
  5. aesthete,
  6. aesthetic distance,
  7. aesthetic labour,
  8. aesthetical,
  9. aesthetically,
  10. aesthetician

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

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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

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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Medicine definitions for aesthetic

aesthetic

adj.

Relating to the sensations.
Relating to esthetics.

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