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aesthetics

or es·thet·ics

[ es-thet-iks or, especially British, ees- ]
/ ɛsˈθɛt ɪks or, especially British, is- /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of philosophy dealing with such notions as the beautiful, the ugly, the sublime, the comic, etc., as applicable to the fine arts, with a view to establishing the meaning and validity of critical judgments concerning works of art, and the principles underlying or justifying such judgments.
the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.

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Origin of aesthetics

First recorded in 1815–25; see origin at aesthetic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for aesthetics

aesthetics

sometimes US esthetics

/ (iːsˈθɛtɪks, ɪs-) /

noun (functioning as singular)

the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of such concepts as beauty, taste, etc
the study of the rules and principles of art
C18: from Greek aisthētikos perceptible by the senses, from aisthesthai to perceive
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Medical definitions for aesthetics

aesthetics

n.

The study of psychological aspects of beauty, especially with the components thereof as they relate to appearance.
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Cultural definitions for aesthetics

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.

The term aesthete is sometimes used negatively to describe someone whose pursuit of beauty is excessive or appears phony.
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