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Variant of aestheticism.


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.

aestheticism, estheticism

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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She had eaten the meal that had been brought her by Mohammed Beyd's Negro slave--a meal of cassava cakes and a nondescript stew in which a new-killed monkey, a couple of squirrels and the remains of a zebra, slain the previous day, were impartially and unsavorily combined; but the one-time Baltimore belle had long since submerged in the stern battle for existence, an estheticism which formerly revolted at much slighter provocation.
Higgins as she was when she defied fashion in her youth in one of the beautiful Rossettian costumes which, when caricatured by people who did not understand, led to the absurdities of popular estheticism in the eighteen-seventies.
It seems that Pokalchuk tries to recuperate the literary significance of the banned author, arguing Borges's intellectualism, estheticism and linguistic precision.
Here we see the ambiguity of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in play again, and it is clear that Ion's own ideas about beauty only amount to the most superficial kind of estheticism.
The term "Nazi Cinema" is contested by some commentators (see, for instance, Grunberger and Kreimeier, Die Ufa Story) arguing that not all German films made during the Third Reich warrant this appellation, as some of them would conform to an estheticism prominent in Weimar Cinema and bearing testimony to the continuity of certain genres such as musicals, homeland films, period dramas, or adaptations of literature.
That poster may not have been the greatest triumph of estheticism, but in terms of saying to a broad audience, you will enjoy this, it was very effective.
Initially, his estheticism preserved a tenuous form of symbolic object-relatedness.
Allegory and Estheticism in the Fantasies of George MacDonald.
Many of them retain Merton's own early "[suspicion] of literature, poetry--the things towards which [his] nature drew [him]--on the grounds that they might lead to a sort of futile estheticism, a philosophy of 'escape.
Poeticism is a canton of the theory of art and estheticism.
The sunset of "Camaieu rouge" serves to remind the reader, then, of the transience not just of sunsets but of literary styles, as Huysmans stands at the crossroads where romanticism, realism, and an emergent naturalism and estheticism meet.
Abetting this, too, was the romantic-teleological presumption that nineteenth-century music and culture constituted the highest and best in the history of music, resulting in the glorification of romantic individualism and elitism, as well as the estheticism that justifies the separation of art from common life and excuses it from responsibility for its place and effects in the world.