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or es·thet·ics  (ĕs-thĕt′ĭks)
1. (used with a sing. verb)
a. The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, expression, and perception of beauty, as in the fine arts.
b. The study of the psychological responses to beauty and artistic experiences.
2. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful: minimalist aesthetics.
b. An artistically beautiful or pleasing appearance: "They're looking for quality construction, not aesthetics" (Ron Schram).


(iːsˈθɛtɪks; ɪs-) or


n (functioning as singular)
1. (Philosophy) the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of such concepts as beauty, taste, etc
2. (Art Terms) the study of the rules and principles of art
[C18: from Greek aisthētikos perceptible by the senses, from aisthesthai to perceive]


or es•thet•ics

(ɛsˈθɛt ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the branch of philosophy dealing with taste and the study of beauty in nature and art.
2. a particular theory of beauty or fine art.

aesthetics, esthetics

a branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and the beautiful. — aesthete, aesthetic, n., adj.aesthetical, adj.
See also: Philosophy
a branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and the beautiful. — aesthetic, n., adj.aesthetical, adj.
See also: Beauty
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aesthetics - (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art)aesthetics - (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art); "traditional aesthetics assumed the existence of universal and timeless criteria of artistic value"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics


esthetics (US) [iːsˈθetɪks] Nestética fsing


[iːsˈθɛtɪks] nesthétique f


, (US) esthetics
n singÄsthetik f


esthetics (Am) [iːsˈθɛtɪks] nsgestetica
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