aesthetic

[ es-thet-ik or, esp. British, ees- ]SEE DEFINITION OF aesthetic

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But in Bewick's case the aesthetic level is not particularly high.

From an aesthetic point of view these are superior to anything else he wrote.

War has often been praised because of its aesthetic nature, and its dramatic features.

So the aesthetic is the type of adaptation in the inner life.

The aesthetic experience is a practical attitude in another way.

This phase of the place of the aesthetic is seen and expressed in various ways.

No aesthetic archaeologist has as yet written a book about their architecture.

The aim of education was the beautiful, and the ideal was the aesthetic in mind and body.

It was obvious that the girl's aesthetic sense was deeply touched.

It is to no mere "ivory tower" of aesthetic superiority that we retreat.

WORD ORIGIN

1798, from German Ästhetisch or French esthétique, both from Greek aisthetikos "sensitive, perceptive," from aisthanesthai "to perceive (by the senses or by the mind), to feel," from PIE *awis-dh-yo-, from root *au- "to perceive" (see audience).

Popularized in English by translation of Immanuel Kant, and used originally in the classically correct sense "the science which treats of the conditions of sensuous perception." Kant had tried to correct the term after Alexander Baumgarten had taken it in German to mean "criticism of taste" (1750s), but Baumgarten's sense attained popularity in English c.1830s (despite scholarly resistance) and removed the word from any philosophical base. Walter Pater used it (1868) to describe the late 19c. movement that advocated "art for art's sake," which further blurred the sense. As an adjective by 1803. Related: Aesthetically.

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