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[es-thet-ik] /ɛsˈθɛt ɪk/
adjective, noun
Related forms
nonesthetic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for esthetic
  • One can't help but notice the esthetic poverty of the postwar buildings in the area.
  • Pollarding has its esthetic and its practical sides.
  • It is not an exhibition that says much of esthetic emotion or personality or anything else old fashioned.
  • There were a number of reasons for this esthetic austerity.
  • What arms are shown have been carefully selected for their esthetic or historic interest.
  • All combine technical sophistication with esthetic appeal, echoing the art styles popular when they were produced.
  • But at this point the artist's technical virtuosity is more impressive than his esthetic achievement.
  • But so are its less visited valleys, fertile esthetic ecosystems half hidden from view but teeming with life.
  • Cage has given us every opportunity to understand his esthetic.
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.

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esthetic in Medicine

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

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