[es-thet-uh-siz-uh m or, esp. British, ees-]
- 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.
Origin of aestheticism
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Examples from the Web for aestheticism
The prevalence of such a sensualism or aestheticism would alone suffice to explain the impotence of the arts.Three Philosophical Poets
We may divide human artifacts into two classes, namely, those of utility and those of aestheticism.
The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism.The Book of Tea
It will be interesting to note in what ritualistic harbor the aestheticism of our day will finally moor.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
It is a custom that is instinctively condemned by everyone from the standpoint of both hygiene and aestheticism.Encyclopedia of Diet
sometimes US estheticism
- 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
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Word Origin and History for aestheticism
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