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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.
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(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
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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.
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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
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estheticism (US) [iːsˈθetɪsɪzəm] Nesteticismo m
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, (US) estheticism
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