See also: æsthetic

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EtymologyEdit

From German Ästhetik or French esthétique, both from Ancient Greek αἰσθητικός ‎(aisthētikós, of sense perception), from αἰσθάνομαι ‎(aisthánomai, I feel).

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  • Conservative RP: /esˈθet.ɪk/; /iːsˈθet.ɪk/
  • Contemporary RP: /ɛsˈθɛt.ɪk/
  • General American: /ɛsˈθɛt.ɪk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛtɪk

AdjectiveEdit

aesthetic ‎(comparative more aesthetic, superlative most aesthetic)

  1. Concerned with beauty, artistic impact, or appearance.
    It works well enough, but the shabby exterior offends his aesthetic sensibilities.
    • 1881, W. S. Gilbert, Patience, Act I:
      If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line as a man of culture rare,
      You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms, and plant them everywhere.

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aesthetic ‎(plural aesthetics)

  1. The study of art or beauty.
  2. That which appeals to the senses.
  3. (Internet slang) The artistic motifs defining a collection of things, especially works of art; more broadly, their vibe
    Her most recent works have this quirky, half-serious 90's teen culture-inspired aesthetic.

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