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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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In contrast to Postlethwaite, the character Svengali is encrypted so as not to be read as Wilde or even as anti-aesthetic parody because the anti-aesthetic of Trilby is working to remove Wilde and the aesthetic movement from contemporary relevance.
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He was, in fact, a part of the Aesthetic Movement, which makes his omission from 'The Cult of Beauty' rather harder to understand.
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In a lucid introduction that outlines productive and contentious twentieth-century talk about the proper goal of African American literature, Conner cites the importance of the Black Aesthetic movement while lamenting some of its effects, namely the ostracism o f certain artists and the subordination of what might be called formal considerations to what might be called political concerns.
The effects of industrialism led De Quincey and other nineteenth-century thinkers, most notably those whose aesthetic theories form the basis for what has been termed "the aesthetic movement," to direct the force of rhetoric to re-assert the potential of personal agency in a mechanistic age.
A bird persona, reminiscent of Max Ernst's Loplop or Magritte's urban pigeon but with far less iconic presence, has indeed infiltrated many of Hume's recent paintings: Nest II, 1998, with its nursery pinks and blues and its looming mother-dove figure, and Pink Bird, 1998, more an homage to orientalism and the Aesthetic Movement, in dusky rose and sultry umber, with a single, bird-beckoning aubergine twig.