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or es·thet·i·cism  (ĕs-thĕt′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
1. often Aestheticism An artistic and intellectual movement originating in Britain in the late 19th century and characterized by the doctrine that beauty is the basic principle from which all other principles, especially moral ones, are derived.
2. Devotion to and pursuit of the beautiful; sensitivity to artistic beauty and refined taste.


(iːsˈθɛtɪˌsɪzəm; ɪs-) or


1. (Art Terms) the doctrine that aesthetic principles are of supreme importance and that works of art should be judged accordingly
2. sensitivity to beauty, esp in art, music, literature, etc


or es•thet•i•cism

(ɛsˈθɛt əˌsɪz əm)

1. the acceptance of aesthetic standards as of supreme importance.
2. an exaggerated devotion to the artistic or beautiful.


1. the doctrine that aesthetic standards are autonomous and not subject to political, moral, or religious criteria.
2. used pejoratively to describe those who believe only in “art for art’s sake,” to the exclusion of all other human activities.
See also: Art
the doctrine that the principles of beauty are basic and that other principles (the good, the right) are derived from them, applied especially to a late 19th-century movement to bring art into daily life. See also art.
See also: Beauty


estheticism (US) [iːsˈθetɪsɪzəm] Nesteticismo m


, (US) estheticism
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Miss Waterford, torn between the aestheticism of her early youth, when she used to go to parties in sage green, holding a daffodil, and the flippancy of her maturer years, which tended to high heels and Paris frocks, wore a new hat.
But there had always been a fine streak of aestheticism in his complex composition; some of these very pictures I had myself dusted in his study at school; and they set me thinking of yet another of his many sides--and of the little incident to which he had just referred.
Participants stressed that the exhibition aimed atconveying a message to the whole world that Syria is a country of deep-rooted history andwhatever terrorists have done will not erase those aestheticism and ancient heritage.
1-2015, purchase of furniture and equipment for different aestheticism training centers.
The new Indian Chief Vintage is aestheticism personified, from its one-of-a-kind styling to curves that evoke admiration (for once, it won't be the lady riding pillion that everybody will be looking at).
VIRGO Aug 23- Sep 22 Guests and visitors can compliment homemakers for their creativity and aestheticism on the home front.
ART'S UNDOING: IN THE WAKE OF A RADICAL AESTHETICISM is recommended for literature and philosophy and arts holdings alike and offers college-level readers a survey of radical aestheticism, which describes a recurring event in 19th-century British literary texts.
He investigates, for example, how this particular style of ornamented lyrics came into vogue as the unprecedented turmoil of the time required a new vocabulary and aestheticism, and what role the style played in contemporary literati life.
Bridgwater points out that Mann's notebooks demonstrate the impact of Wilde and his aestheticism and he writes that Mann certainly "had Wilde/Dorian Gray in mind when he produced the "criminal" artist/aesthete figures of whom Aschenbach is in a number of ways closest to Wilde among them the fact that he illustrates Lord Henry's mot "The only ways to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it" (237).
RAYMOND WEIL prides itself in aestheticism, bringing together the core elements in the excellence of Swiss luxury craftsmanship: precision, quality, reliability, nobility and technicality.
An argument can be made for the aestheticism of wind farms in the countryside, but no such argument can be made for irredeemably ugly solar panel farms.
The images selected for the new press advertising campaign evoke dreams, emotions, sustainability, creativity, freedom, aestheticism and independence.