noun (used with a singular verb)
Origin of aesthetic
Examples from the Web for esthetics
The esthetics of the redman have been too particular to permit of universal understanding, and of universal adaptation.
Drafts for the dedication, the preface, and for a work on Esthetics.Albert Durer|T. Sturge Moore
Science looks upon him as a phenomenon; esthetics looks upon him as a giant of masterful expression in our midst.
Associated words: esthetics, æsthetic, æstheticism, æsthete.Putnam's Word Book|Louis A. Flemming
Esthetics is not my forte, hence I shall not attempt to describe the young girl.The Wonderful Story of Ravalette|Paschal Beverly Randolph
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.