Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to estheticism: aestheticism, aesthete, esthete


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
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liang Shiqiu subsequently wrote an article in Chinese entitled "The Estheticism of Oscar Wilde," which is included in his collection The Romantic and the Classical (Taipai: Wenxing Book Store, 1965).
At some point the program is to bid farewell to its participants allowing them to fall like the golden leaves of autumn each flowing in a different direction with nothing more than the teachings of the masters of music estheticism themselves, and their values to guide them on their path to stardom.
There is a clear ludic intention in this estheticism that calls attention to itself: it is up to the reader to decide whether to be amused or annoyed by the preciosite.
The Edwardsian approach to beauty surpasses the estheticism and the moralism that cramps many alternative Christian efforts to elaborate a theological esthetic.
Estheticism is sometimes confused with upper-class snobbery and the acquisition of expensive objects.
The basic trait of Bloomsbury is a mixture of philosophic rationalism, political rationalism, estheticism, and a cult of the individuality [sic].