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aestheticism

[ es-thet-uh-siz-uh m or, esp. British, ees- ]
/ ɛsˈθɛt əˌsɪz əm or, esp. British, is- /
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noun

the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary.
an exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters.
a late Victorian movement in British and American art characterized by a dedicatedly eclectic search for beauty and by an interest in old English, Japanese, and classical art.

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aesthetic distance, aesthetic labour, aesthetical, aesthetically, aesthetician, aestheticism, aestheticize, aesthetics, aestival, aestivate, aestivation

Origin of aestheticism

First recorded in 1855–60; aesthetic + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for aestheticism

aestheticism

sometimes US estheticism

/ (iːsˈθɛtɪˌsɪzəm, ɪs-) /

noun

the doctrine that aesthetic principles are of supreme importance and that works of art should be judged accordingly
sensitivity to beauty, esp in art, music, literature, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aestheticism

aestheticism


n.

1855, from aesthetic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper