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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
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?
So Denisoff's story is not about outsiders versus insiders, enemies of aestheticism versus aesthetes, straight versus gay.
This was the period when there seems to have been a madness for blue and white china -- advocated for progressive Aesthetes by the painter, Whistler.
Schaffer's view on the disappearance of the female aesthetes from the canon is twofold.
McCormack succeeds impressively in summoning up the shimmering era of the aesthetes, but she's so deeply inside her subject that she loses the sense of proportion needed from biographers.
For Mandler, the uniqueness of the English reaction to a cultural and national heritage makes sense only "if we fix our attention on clusters of anxious aesthetes and intellectuals" whom he credits with the "'English tradition' of rural nostalgia.
So separating trash becomes a sort of religious ritual, a tiresome procedure that citizens are put through (or environmental aesthetes put themselves through) to prove their fealty to Mother Earth, whether or not they're doing her any favors.
Both the Symbolists and the Aesthetes aspired to set literature and art free from all influences.
Having perfected a mode of colorful post-painterly abstraction that winks to theory-heads and aesthetes alike, he's lately gone gigantic: Davenport's recent fifty-nine-foot-long wall work at Tate Britain was a delirious multihued parade of syringed dribbles, and a similar centerpiece is planned for this, his first retrospective.