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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.]
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(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]
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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]
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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
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esthete (US) [ˈiːsθiːt] Nesteta mf
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[ˈiːsθiːt] nesthète mf
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, (US) esthete
nÄsthet(in) m(f)
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esthete (Am) [ˈiːsθiːt] nesteta m/f
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References in classic literature ?
She was clad in a somewhat strange garb of peacock green and peacock blue satins, that gleamed like blue and green metals, such as delight children and aesthetes, and her heavy, hot brown hair framed one of those magic faces which are dangerous to all men, but especially to boys and to men growing grey.
The service would have been pronounced by any modern aesthetic religionist--or religious aesthete, which is it?--to be crude and cold: to me, coming fresh from the ever-advancing developments of a London church under a soi-disant 'Catholic' Rector, it was unspeakably refreshing.
While aesthetes will celebrate the book's dreamy images of "aqua blue [giving] way to avocado green," Archer's book is about more than just visual delights.
By the early twentieth century when the western culture was no longer as source for artistic imagination and inspiration, the Orient British aesthetes found a route to confirm their cultural identification as who privileged the experience of artistic beauty.
The Bulgarian's ephemeral sculptures and installations are destinations unto themselves, and traveling to see one is something of a pilgrimage for aesthetes. Christo's latest work, on view this summer in Hyde Park, has the art world flocking to London; an accompanying exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries has them extending their stay.
The Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Strathmore University does not limit himself to street art but also works on canvas which is what aesthetes will occasionally buy.
Majority of the deaths during surgeries in private clinics are because of the non qualified aesthetes whereas in MTI KTH professors are available in the IBP.
Majority of the deaths during surgeries in private clinics are because of the non-qualified aesthetes whereas in MTI KTH professors are available in the IBP.
His treatment could interest aesthetes, historians of Islamic art, philosophers, and Arabists, he says.
The collection - which is geared just as much to aesthetes as it is to the technologically inclined - features five customizable watch dials, which were inspired by Movado's traditional Museum dial.
It keeps action and sci-fi fans' preferences clearly in mind above all else, and leaves the philosophizing to the aesthetes.
They argue he places himself at the end of many traditions: that of the romantics; of the aesthetes and decadents; of the authentically Irish literary and cultural revivalists; of the visionary western love poets, from Dante on.