Origin of aesthetic
Synonyms for aesthetic
Related Words for estheticbeautiful, subdued, stylish, restrained, charming, elegant, tasty, delicate, classy, graceful, pleasing, plush, exquisite, handsome, artistic, creative, esthetic, chaste, classical, cultured
Examples from the Web for esthetic
Contemporary Examples of esthetic
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Historical Examples of esthetic
He was content with making it an esthetic or at most a household enterprise.
His esthetic interests were not only keen, but discriminating.
We need, and abjectly so I may say, an esthetic concept of our own.
In the esthetic sense alone, then, we have the redman as a gift.
They develop human sympathy, and they are interested in esthetic things.The New Education
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.