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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Definitions for aesthete

  1. a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
  2. a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.

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Citations for aesthete
A fanatical aesthete to the end, Kessler never diverged from the young Nietzsche’s belief that art justifies life. Alex Ross, "Diary of an Aesthete," The New Yorker, April 23, 2012
... the next week they were bustling out of an upper Macquarie Street parlour with pad & paints, trying to look oh-so-very-much the Professional Aesthete, but--in rotten old twill trousers & course old canary coats, with mangy hair rough-hacked & poxed skin stubbly--inevitably failing. Richard Flanagan, Gould's Book of Fish, 2001
Origin of aesthete
1880-1885
Aesthete finds its roots in the Greek aisthánesthai meaning "to perceive." It entered English in the late 1800s.