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January 29, 2008

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( Adjective )

Pronunciation : es-th�t-tik

1. (used with a singular verb)The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty, as in the fine arts

2. (used with a singular verb)In Kantian philosophy, the branch of metaphysics concerned with the laws of perception

3. (used with a singular verb)The study of the psychological responses to beauty and artistic experiences

4. (used with a singular or plural verb)A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful: minimalist aesthetics

5. (used with a singular or plural verb)An artistically beautiful or pleasing appearance


Early 19th century - Greek aisthētikos - perceptual - aisthesthai - perceive


artful, artistic, creative, esthetic, gorgeous, inventive


Graceful means characterized by beauty of movement, style, or form.

Gracious means characterized by charm, good taste, kindness and generosity of spirit.


displeasing, ugly, unattractive, disregard, disrespect

Contextual Examples:

� The architect was very concerned with the building's aesthetics.

� The play was an aesthetic success.

� What troubled him was the squalor of aesthetic.

� I speak now from the aesthetic and artistic point of view when I say that life with us is dull.

� They're looking for quality construction, not aesthetics.

� A generous Age of Aquarius aesthetic said that everything was art.

Related Words:

esthetic : Adjective

aesthetically : Adverb

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