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aesthetic distance

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noun
a degree of detachment from or nonidentification with the characters or circumstances of a work of art, permitting the formation of judgments based on aesthetic rather than extra-aesthetic criteria.
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Origin of aesthetic distance

First recorded in1935–40
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