- aesthetic distance,
- aesthetic labour,
Origin of aesthetic
Examples from the Web for esthetic
The first inquiry is psychological, the second esthetic; the two belong intimately together.The Photoplay|Hugo Mnsterberg
But esthetic beatitude can be obtained only by a few; it is not for the hoi polloi.
The mycologist seems to overlook the finer and esthetic value of mushrooms.In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
Yet esthetic opinions are quite as foreign to law as political opinions.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
I may say at the outset that, to quote the phrase of Mr. Freer of Detroit, the stockyards "has no esthetic value."Abroad at Home|Julian Street
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
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.