noun (used with a singular verb)
Definition for aesthetics (2 of 2)
Origin of aesthetic
Examples from the Web for aesthetics
Some of the pre-eminent innovators at the intersection of art and coding are based at the Aesthetics and Computation Group at MIT.Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here|Nico Hines|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We often talk about religion in terms of commitment and ideology, but the aesthetics and experience matter, too.
It was a tense matchup that made up in suspense for what it lacked in aesthetics.Seahawks-Broncos and 7 Other Thrilling Super Bowl Matchups|Ben Jacobs|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Go ahead, write M.I.A. off as a faux-radical relying on the aesthetics of revolution to sell records.M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’ Is A Defiantly Personal Reclamation of the Brown Girl Narrative|Rawiya Kameir|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Of course, the aesthetics on view here are all about comedy, and irony and poking fun and paradox.
Hermann, who won good rank as a poet, and was one of the very foremost of our aesthetics, was much older than we.The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood|Georg Ebers
But it was the book on Aesthetics that charmed me most of all.Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth|George Brandes
Must there be a permanent and necessary divorce between Ethics and Aesthetics?The Trial of Oscar Wilde|Anonymous
All systems of aesthetics must be based on personal experience—that is to say, they must be subjective.Art|Clive Bell
Miser's fallacy, its parallel in morals and aesthetics, 31, 32.The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
British Dictionary definitions for aesthetics (1 of 2)
sometimes US esthetics
noun (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for aesthetics
British Dictionary definitions for aesthetics (2 of 2)
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
Word Origin and History for aesthetics (1 of 2)
1798, from German Ästhetisch or French esthétique, both from Greek aisthetikos "sensitive, perceptive," from aisthanesthai "to perceive (by the senses or by the mind), to feel," from PIE *awis-dh-yo-, from root *au- "to perceive" (see audience).
Popularized in English by translation of Immanuel Kant, and used originally in the classically correct sense "the science which treats of the conditions of sensuous perception." Kant had tried to correct the term after Alexander Baumgarten had taken it in German to mean "criticism of taste" (1750s), but Baumgarten's sense attained popularity in English c.1830s (despite scholarly resistance) and removed the word from any philosophical base. Walter Pater used it (1868) to describe the late 19c. movement that advocated "art for art's sake," which further blurred the sense. As an adjective by 1803. Related: Aesthetically.
Medicine definitions for aesthetics (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for aesthetics (2 of 2)
Culture definitions for aesthetics
The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature of art and with judgments concerning beauty. “What is art?” and “What do we mean when we say something is beautiful?” are two questions often asked by aestheticians.