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[es-thet-ik or, esp. British, ees-] /ɛsˈθɛt ɪk or, esp. British, is-/
relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.
relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.
having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.
relating to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality.
the philosophical theory or set of principles governing the idea of beauty at a given time and place:
the clean lines, bare surfaces, and sense of space that bespeak the machine-age aesthetic; the Cubist aesthetic.
Archaic. the study of the nature of sensation.
Origin of aesthetic
1815-25; < New Latin aestheticus < Greek aisthētikós, equivalent to aisthēt(ḗs) (see aesthete) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
nonaesthetic, adjective
pseudoaesthetic, adjective
Can be confused
acetic, aesthetic, ascetic.
3. discriminating, cultivated, refined. Unabridged
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  • It may perhaps be said that this longing of faith, that this hope, is more than anything else an esthetic feeling.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • The difference, however, is in the vesture that the esthetic ideal assumes.

  • There can be no doubt at all, however, of the artistic tastes and esthetic genius of the man who designed it.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
  • In the esthetic field, creation is accompanied by a momentary belief.

  • He could make deliberate and well-considered selections; he could consult his esthetic tastes.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • esthetic imagination,contrasted to mechanical, 264;Fixity of, 264.

  • It is of the esthetic value of the apple I would write, leaving its supreme place in pomology unassailed.

    Getting Acquainted with the Trees J. Horace McFarland
  • He was content with making it an esthetic or at most a household enterprise.

  • Yet he had encountered Julia first at the home of Mrs. Hurst, whose bourgeois pretensions to esthetic interest he despised.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
British Dictionary definitions for esthetic


/iːsˈθɛtɪk; ɪs-/
connected with aesthetics or its principles
  1. relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
  2. artistic or relating to good taste: an aesthetic consideration
a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culture: the Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity
Derived Forms
aesthetically, (sometimes US) esthetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for esthetic

alternative form of aesthetic (see aesthetic). Also see æ. Related: esthetical; esthetically; esthetician; esthetics.



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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esthetic in Medicine

esthetic es·thet·ic (ěs-thět'ĭk)
Variant of aesthetic.

aesthetic aes·thet·ic or es·thet·ic (ěs-thět'ĭk)

  1. Relating to the sensations.

  2. Relating to esthetics.

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