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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
This radical aestheticism is not reducible to the aestheticisms that we have come to associate with or assign to Pater, for a radical aestheticism is nothing that can be espoused.
and Pound, in other words, adhered to Matthew Arnold's influential association of Hellenism with aestheticism, and Hebraism with a Puritanical strain of English culture that privileged "right doing" at the expense of a celebration of beauty for its own sake.
This is not only about visual aestheticism, but also about encapsulating the soul of the city's history and greatness as an example for all our citizens -of whatever ethnic background.
The New Aestheticism (Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press, 2003)
Apart from the conventionally sentimental aestheticism around the heterosexual couple, the film's approach to the social issue docudrama format is decidedly irreverent.
However, his story is one of courage and heroism rather than aestheticism or dandyness, as the sender of the photograph, Alan Marbury explains: ``I recently renovated a house in Kensington and in the attic I found this snapshot of George Waywell, a Liverpool soldier who fought in the Sudan with Gordon of Khartoum, and was also involved in the Zulu Wars.
Schorske argued that Vienna's cultivated bourgeoisie, unhappy with the decline of liberalism and the rise of uncouth mass parties, retreated into aestheticism (Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler), introspection (Freud), and Dionysiac sexuality (Klimt), often borrowing values from an aristocratic and Catholic culture.
Talia Schaffer's study of female aestheticism is a welcome addition to an increasing number of studies which challenge our understanding of the fin-de-siecle and modernism.
A closer analysis of Wilde's texts seems to show that the `poeticization' of society, in Wilde, consists in the politicization of art: Wilde seems to have found a way to an ideal relationship between art and society in his politicized Aestheticism and Symbolism, which relate him with Mansfield and other Modernists," writes Kinoshita (16).
His narrator, Bernardo Soares, attributes twentieth-century disquietudes to the loss of faith, not just in religion, but in the hopeful doctrines that replaced it, including social equality, aestheticism, science, and philosophy: "We lost all that; we were born orphans of all those consolations.