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or es·thete  (ĕs′thēt)
1. One who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
2. One whose pursuit and admiration of beauty is regarded as excessive or affected.

[Back-formation from aesthetic.]


(ˈiːsθiːt) or


a person who has or who affects a highly developed appreciation of beauty, esp in poetry and the visual arts
[C19: back formation from aesthetics]


or es•thete

(ˈɛs θit)

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.
[1880–85; < Greek aisthētḗs one who perceives, derivative of aisthē-, variant s. of aisthánesthai to perceive]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aesthete - one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and natureaesthete - one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
cognoscente, connoisseur - an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts


esthete (US) [ˈiːsθiːt] Nesteta mf


[ˈiːsθiːt] nesthète mf


, (US) esthete
nÄsthet(in) m(f)


esthete (Am) [ˈiːsθiːt] nesteta m/f
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Petersburg's Ballet Stars 'Dance Open' was cleverly tailored for a varied audience -- both for esthetes who can't imagine ballet without masterpieces by Marius Petipa and for admirers of contemporary ballet who prefer the work of choreographers with innovative ideas.
Hassan Megri : Certes, les artistes esthetes et idealistes ont de tout temps recherche le sublime, l'insolite et le charismatique pour s'inspirer des vertus et des atouts de certains lieux oniriques et fascinants qui incitent a la creativite spontanee.
Non qu'il les [ses theories] ait exprimees dans des ecrits dogmatiques, comme les esthetes allemands et anglais, mais il les a repandues par la parole, et ce fut la, en ce temps, son originalite.
Depuis quelque temps, l'oeuvre picturale du plasticien attire l'attention des esthetes.
Les esthetes ne sont, d'ailleurs, pas absents de la Recherche, ou on voit parader des poseurs tels que Bloch, Legrandin, les Verdurin, l'esthete Bergotte, le dilettante Ski ou le plus raffine des artistes manques, le grand idolatre Charles Swann.
Eleanor Heartney, "Looking at Art: Florine Stettheimer: Saints, Esthetes and Hustlers," Art News (May 1991): 95.
Hemingway portrays the wealthy wasters, over-sexed women and febrile esthetes who with palatial yachts make up the "haves" of Key West.
He said there was <<un mode errone de penser du a la persistante influence d'Oscar Wilde et des esthetes de 1890, influence a laquelle nous devons entre autres les manifestations de M.
Let us leave textual criticism to graduate students, formal criticism to esthetes, and recognize that what has been said is not still to be said; that an expression does not have the same value twice, does not live two lives; that all words, once spoken, are dead and function only at the moment when they are uttered, that a form, once it has served, cannot be used again and asks only to be replaced by another, and that the theater is the only place where a gesture, once made, can never be made the same way twice.
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Calling five roll to onto esthetes of soccer (Menoti, Arrigo Sacci, Maturana, Cruyff, Valdano) and Richard Paez and his, (without having total auto consciousness of it), soccer of real competitive attitude, the one of the fight and the war as Heraclitus said: Polemos.
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