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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.
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(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
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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.
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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
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estheticism (US) [iːsˈθetɪsɪzəm] Nesteticismo m
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, (US) estheticism
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Miss Waterford, torn between the aestheticism of her early youth, when she used to go to parties in sage green, holding a daffodil, and the flippancy of her maturer years, which tended to high heels and Paris frocks, wore a new hat.
But there had always been a fine streak of aestheticism in his complex composition; some of these very pictures I had myself dusted in his study at school; and they set me thinking of yet another of his many sides--and of the little incident to which he had just referred.
(No, it doesn't refer to that outdoor activity.) According to Sontag, 'Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon.' She notes that, 'the way of Camp, is not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the degree of artifice, of stylization.'
It is said that the relationship between these three archetypes work best as they strive for aestheticism, beauty, and a more philosophical, and intellectual approach in life.
Accommodating an ethereal and opulent atmosphere breathing the air of aestheticism within its boundaries, Club5 has got all the arrangements and comforts to nourish and cherish the nuances of art, literature, social gatherings and celebrations.
In the latest episode he is joined by Dr Claire O'Callaghan, whose research focuses on Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and queerness, and Dr Sarah Parker, whose specialises in nineteenth and 20th century literature, with an emphasis on women's poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual cultures.
The theater performance directed by Yang Yun-tao, draws heavily from the plot, style and soundtrack of the movie, but has an additional emphasis on aestheticism.
Among the topics are defining Christianity and Judaism from the perspective of religious anarchy: Buber on Jesus and the Ba'al Shem Tov, the hard and the soft: moments in the reception of Martin Buber as a political thinker, from genius to taste, his aestheticism, Martin Buber and Leo Strauss: notes on a strained relationship, and the tragedy of the messianic dialectic: his novel Gog and Magog.
He stressed the need for incorporating creative literature in syllabus of professional institutes so that students could learn importance of nature and aestheticism.
Far from the ordinary crowds and the usual cliches, the city of Tokyo swings between modernity and tradition, preservation of its heritage, sophisticated aestheticism and eccentricity, offering countless off-beat experiences.