also es·thet·i·cize (ĕs-thĕt′ə-sīz′)
tr.v. aes·thet·i·cized, aes·thet·i·ciz·ing, aes·thet·i·ciz·es or es·thet·i·cized or es·thet·i·ciz·ing or es·thet·i·ci·zes
To depict in an idealized or artistic manner.


(iːsˈθɛtɪˌsaɪz; ɪs-) or


vb (tr)
make aesthetic
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A morbid fascination with their premature demise reached its apotheosis in the nineteenth century, yet there is still a tendency to sentimentalize and aestheticize their deaths even today.
Avoiding bald didacticism but making careful reference to biography and history, these essays illuminate violent oscillations in the works of these creators and eloquently record how these Armenians witnessed history in motion, refusing to aestheticize the horrible but allowing us to feel the inner tsunamis of trauma.
Admittedly some of Larkin's early poems tend to be similar to Wright's imperfect pastorals in their tendency to aestheticize that which is not usually considered pastoral.
Anyone who has seen a movie recently knows that most films made today continue to aestheticize and eroticize the female body--the parade of actresses' bodies as objects to admire, desire, scrutinize, and/or envy, never ceases.
Couldn't it be that the very effort to aestheticize bestiality is itself a species of "sleaze"?
The compulsion Churchill felt to aestheticize war is important, because it reveals two elements immediately relevant to his reputation as a great wartime leader: first, it reveals an inclination to self-deception that does much to explain his limitations as a strategic thinker; but second, it reveals a disconcertingly expansive ability to admire and revere courage and intelligence wherever he found it--even among those most opposed to his own understanding of things.
It is, in fact, part of a larger attempt to aestheticize and eroticize war and violence and is also linked to a conservative politics of gender being promoted not so subtly by the Bush administration.
To aestheticize an object, to remove it from commerce by stripping it of the negotiated value upon which its identity depends, therefore appears a noble aim.
Denying the possibility of objectivity and truth, they aestheticize reality, repudiate the liberating promise of Enlightenment philosophy, and seem incapable of making firm moral judgments.
Green claims that Emerson's text persistently subverts his image in an attempt to direct attention away from the human labour at the centre of so many of his images and aestheticize the struggles of country life.
While the Lewis and Clark expedition mixed botanical, ethnographic, practical, and aesthetic inquiries and evaluated each native group according to its demeanor and assistance with their goals, Pike and Fremont generalize about wicked "savages" and aestheticize the landscape into sublime vistas.