aesthetic distance


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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of aesthetic distance

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019