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adj. & n.
Variant of aesthetic.


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.esthetic - (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautifulesthetic - (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.esthetic - concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good tasteesthetic - 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"
2.esthetic - relating to or dealing with the subject of aestheticsesthetic - relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics; "aesthetic values"
3.esthetic - aesthetically pleasingesthetic - aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement"
tasteful - having or showing or conforming to good taste


or esthetic
Informal. Showing good taste:
References in classic literature ?
He could make deliberate and well-considered selections; he could consult his esthetic tastes.
He came under the influence of Newman's Apologia; the picturesqueness of the Roman Catholic faith appealed to his esthetic sensibility; and it was only the fear of his father's wrath (a plain, blunt man of narrow ideas, who read Macaulay) which prevented him from 'going over.
One must suppose, at least, that her emotions were not purely esthetic, because, after she had gazed at the Ulysses for a minute or two, she began to think about Ralph Denham.
I was on a very high esthetic horse, which I could not have conveniently stooped from if I had wished; it was quite enough for me that Thackeray's novels were prodigious works of art, and I acquired merit, at least with myself, for appreciating them so keenly, for liking them so much.
whose life (1612-1649) was not quite so short as Herbert's, combined an ascetic devotion with a glowingly sensuous esthetic nature that seems rather Spanish than English.
Toward the end of Levi-Strauss, Anthropology and Aesthetics, Boris Wiseman explores the ways in which Levi-Strauss's project in Mythologiques (1964-1971) is not only an anthropological endeavor, but also, and perhaps more significantly, an esthetic one.
Blackwell Publishing (Boston, MA) has acquired the "Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry," the official journal of nine dental societies around the world, and "Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research" from BC Decker (Hamilton, ON).