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aestheticism

[es-thet-uh-siz-uh m or, esp. British, ees-] /ɛsˈθɛt əˌsɪz əm or, esp. British, is-/
noun
1.
the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary.
2.
an exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters.
3.
a late Victorian movement in British and American art characterized by a dedicatedly eclectic search for beauty and by an interest in old English, Japanese, and classical art.
Also, estheticism.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; aesthetic + -ism
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  • The expression of a cultivated aestheticism, it celebrates art as our only available faith and ethical guide.
  • Her romantic aestheticism charges her swift line and intense color with a sense of the sacred.
British Dictionary definitions for aestheticism

aestheticism

/iːsˈθɛtɪˌsɪzəm; ɪs-/
noun
1.
the doctrine that aesthetic principles are of supreme importance and that works of art should be judged accordingly
2.
sensitivity to beauty, esp in art, music, literature, etc
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Word Origin and History for aestheticism
n.

1855, from aesthetic + -ism.

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