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or 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.]

aes·thet′i·cal·ly adv.


(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.
4. a theory or idea of what is aesthetically valid.
[1815–25; < New Latin < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aesthetic - (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautifulaesthetic - (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
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
Adj.1.aesthetic - relating to or dealing with the subject of aestheticsaesthetic - relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics; "aesthetic values"
2.aesthetic - concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good tasteaesthetic - 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"
inaesthetic, unaesthetic - violating aesthetic canons or requirements; deficient in tastefulness or beauty; "inaesthetic and quite unintellectual"; "peered through those inaesthetic spectacles"
3.aesthetic - aesthetically pleasingaesthetic - aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement"
tasteful - having or showing or conforming to good taste


adjective ornamental, artistic, pleasing, pretty, fancy, enhancing, decorative, tasteful, beautifying, nonfunctional products chosen for their aesthetic appeal as well as their durability


or esthetic
Informal. Showing good taste:


esthetic (US) [iːsˈθetɪk] ADJestético


[iːsˈθɛtɪk] adj [appeal] → esthétique


, (US) esthetic(al)
adjästhetisch; an aesthetical discussioneine Diskussion über Ästhetik


esthetic (Am) [iːsˈθɛtɪk] adjestetico/a
References in classic literature ?
His talents were of the very first order, although his mind showed a preference always for the ideal and the aesthetic, and there was about him that repugnance to the actual business of life which is the common result of this balance of the faculties.
I speak now from the aesthetic and artistic point of view when I say that life with us is dull; aesthetically and artistically, very dull indeed.
From the point of view of style, a healthy work of art is one whose style recognises the beauty of the material it employs, be that material one of words or of bronze, of colour or of ivory, and uses that beauty as a factor in producing the aesthetic effect.
Paint us an angel, if you can, with a floating violet robe, and a face paled by the celestial light; paint us yet oftener a Madonna, turning her mild face upward and opening her arms to welcome the divine glory; but do not impose on us any aesthetic rules which shall banish from the region of Art those old women scraping carrots with their work-worn hands, those heavy clowns taking holiday in a dingy pot-house, those rounded backs and stupid weather-beaten faces that have bent over the spade and done the rough work of the world--those homes with their tin pans, their brown pitchers, their rough curs, and their clusters of onions.
The service would have been pronounced by any modern aesthetic religionist--or religious aesthete, which is it?
He had looked out all the pictures to which an asterisk was affixed in those formidable pages of fine print in his Badeker; his attention had been strained and his eyes dazzled, and he had sat down with an aesthetic headache.
My mother has never been treated with impertinence before, and the aesthetic impression must have been of extraordinary strength.
She had lived with her father and sister in a queer old-fashioned, expatriated, artistic Bohemia, in the days when the aesthetic was only the academic and the painters who knew the best models for a contadina and pifferaro wore peaked hats and long hair.
One of them is a young man from Boston,--an aesthetic young man, who talks about its being "a real Corot day," etc.
This effect of the volume, for the eye, would have made it, as presumably the newest French novel--and evidently, from the attitude of the reader, "good"--consort happily with the special tone of the room, a consistent air of selection and suppression, one of the finer aesthetic evolutions.
To the aesthetic, sensuous, pagan pleasure in natural life and lush womanhood which his son Angel had lately been experiencing in Var Vale, his temper would have been antipathetic in a high degree, had he either by inquiry or imagination been able to apprehend it.
She appealed to the aesthetic taste of the policeman.