VIDEO FOR AESTHETIC
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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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Origin of aesthetic
OTHER WORDS FROM aestheticnon·aes·thet·ic, adjectivepseu·do·aes·thet·ic, adjective
Words nearby aesthetic
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does aesthetic mean?
Where did the term aesthetic come from?
Tumblr kids might want to imagine that they made up aesthetic, but they ultimately have 18th-century German philosopher Alexander Baumgarten for coining aesthetics, recorded in English in the 1760–70s. Treated in ancient and modern philosophy alike, aesthetics considers how humans experience and appreciate beauty, art, and taste.
Fast forward to the 2010s, when the music genre vaporwave helped bring the term aesthetic to the mainstream. Several releases were influential in popularizing the term, including Macintosh Plus’s album Floral Shoppe (2012) and Savvy J’s video “AESTHETIC” (2013).
Vaporwave had a very defined aesthetic—or the curated appearance or style of something, especially when it comes to a look, art, or design, a sense of the word which dates back to the 1950s. Its album covers featured 1980–90s graphics, bright, airbrushed pinks and purples, and images of classical statues and retro technology. While people in vaporwave culture were proud of their aesthetic, others began to satirize its originality online.
Meanwhile, many on social media sites like Tumblr began cultivating blogs with a particular aesthetic, typically based on a particular theme, look, feel, or interest—helping to make this fancy, philosophical word with Greek roots a more common term for “beautiful” or “well-styled.”
How to use the term aesthetic
Aesthetic is both a noun and adjective and is used by everyone from philosophers to bloggers. Something that has aesthetic appeal is very beautiful, attractive, or stylish. Something that has a certain aesthetic features a well-defined and well-cultivated style (e.g., a shabby chic aesthetic, goth aesthetic, or minimalist aesthetic in one’s dress, home, lifestyle, or work). Having a recognizable aesthetic is considered complementary and very desirable, especially in an age of personal brands.
Fashion and football and lip syncing and the gay dance club aesthetic are finally united – its about time
— Jeff Skin Wade (@SkinWade) February 6, 2012
my aesthetic is flamin hot cheetos fingers
— matt gee (@mattgee) July 18, 2017
More examples of aesthetic:
“Pop stars, such as rising artist Rina Sawayama, have adopted the aesthetic and made it a central part of their image, both aesthetically and sonically. Charli XCX and Troye Sivan even released a tribute track entitled “1999,” with album artwork featuring the two artists dressed as characters from “The Matrix,” a film essential to the development of the early 2000s aesthetic.”
—Michael Wu, Study Breaks, October 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for aesthetic
This product comes in eight different colors to fit your own aesthetic, and it makes for a great functional decor item.
Its farmhouse-style, brown paper brings a subtle but neutral aesthetic, and the pages also include holes if you prefer to hang it up.
As such, it’s worth noting that the beginning of this decade has more of a cyberpunk aesthetic than we’d like.Solarpunk Is Growing a Gorgeous New World in the Cracks of the Old One|Carin Ism|September 6, 2020|Singularity Hub
Renaissance artists coined the term to describe a novel aesthetic defined by extreme contrasts between the bright and dim parts of a painting.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Corey S. Powell|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
Staying away from Amazon and similar e-commerce platforms meant luxury brands could retain aesthetic control of their online channels.Deep Dive: How to master Amazon advertising in the new normal|Digiday|July 29, 2020|Digiday
So, the display—which has the aesthetic sophistication of a middle school science project—will go up for week.
For aesthetic reasons, ski resort operators try to limit the noise and infrastructure associated with producing power.
Umm…to me, pop music is more of a science term than an aesthetic.The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the softness, the muted quality in turn became an aesthetic.
These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.
A little more refinement and aesthetic feeling would have placed him on a level with the great leaders of the Renaissance.Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea D'Agnolo|Leader Scott
The first represents Blake in a rare mood, his mysticism in abeyance, and his temper one of aesthetic abandon.William Blake|Irene Langridge
Disinterestedness not the differentia of aesthetic pleasure, 37 et seq.The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
This free time she will give to the aesthetic side of life and will make of her home a more attractive place than the club.The Cost of Shelter|Ellen H. Richards
Appropriation, one of the preferred methods of the art experience, is based on a notion of aesthetic or cultural complicity.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for aesthetic
sometimes US esthetic
adjective Also: aesthetical, sometimes US esthetical
- relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
- artistic or relating to good tastean aesthetic consideration