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relating to a sense of the beautiful; artistic: The decorator has a real sense of the aesthetic.; discriminating, cultivated, refined; concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality: an aesthetic actress
aes·thet·icor es·thet·ic (ĕs-thĕt′ĭk)
1. Relating to the philosophy or theories of aesthetics.
a. Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste: aesthetic judgment; the aesthetic appeal of the exhibit.
b. Attractive or appealing: the more aesthetic features of the building.
3. Characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty: the poet and his aesthetic friends.
4. Being or relating to a work of art; artistic: The play was an aesthetic success.
5. Informal Conforming to accepted notions of good taste.
6. often Aesthetic Of or characteristic of aestheticism in the arts.
1. A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility: "a generous Age of Aquarius aesthetic that said that everything was art" (William Wilson).
2. An underlying principle, a set of principles, or a view often manifested by outward appearances or style of behavior: "What troubled him was the squalor of [the colonel's] aesthetic" (Lewis H. Lapham).
[German ästhetisch, from New Latin aesthēticus, from Greek aisthētikos, of sense perception, from aisthēta, perceptible things, from aisthanesthai, to perceive; see au- in Indo-European roots.]
aesthetic(iːsˈθɛtɪk; ɪs-) or
1. (Art Terms) connected with aesthetics or its principles
a. relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
b. artistic or relating to good taste: an aesthetic consideration.
(Art Terms) a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culture: the Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity.
aesˈthetically, esˈthetically adv
or es•thet•ic(ɛsˈθɛt ɪk)
1. pertaining to a sense of beauty or to aesthetics.
2. having a love of beauty.
3. concerned with emotion and sensation as opposed to intellectuality.n.
4. a theory or idea of what is aesthetically valid.
[1815–25; < New Latin < Greek]
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|Noun||1.||aesthetic - (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful; "he despised the esthetic of minimalism"|
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
|Adj.||1.||aesthetic - relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics; "aesthetic values"|
|2.||aesthetic - concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; "the aesthetic faculties"; "an aesthetic person"; "aesthetic feeling"; "the illustrations made the book an aesthetic success"|
|3.||aesthetic - aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement"|
tasteful - having or showing or conforming to good taste