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January 29, 2008

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( Adjective )

Pronunciation : es-thιt-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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