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esthetics

[es-thet-iks] /ɛsˈθɛt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)

aesthetic

[es-thet-ik or, esp. British, ees-] /ɛsˈθɛt ɪk or, esp. British, is-/
adjective
1.
relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.
2.
relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.
3.
having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.
4.
relating to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality.
noun
5.
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.
6.
Archaic. the study of the nature of sensation.
Origin of aesthetic
1815-1825
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.
Synonyms
2. discriminating, cultivated, refined.
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Examples from the web for esthetics
  • Either it is taking a correspondence course in cinema esthetics or it is trying to get out of the way.
  • The conceptual drawing indicates his lack of discipline, logic and esthetics.
  • If you've got an eye for design and esthetics, this could be a dream job for you.
  • But to specialize in esthetics, cosmetology does not contain enough education and training.
British Dictionary definitions for esthetics

aesthetics

/iːsˈθɛtɪks; ɪs-/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of such concepts as beauty, taste, etc
2.
the study of the rules and principles of art
Word Origin
C18: from Greek aisthētikos perceptible by the senses, from aisthesthai to perceive

aesthetic

/iːsˈθɛtɪk; ɪs-/
adjective
1.
connected with aesthetics or its principles
2.
  1. relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
  2. artistic or relating to good taste: an aesthetic consideration
noun
3.
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 esthetics

aesthetic

n.

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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esthetics in Medicine

esthetics es·thet·ics (ěs-thět'ĭks)
n.
Variant of aesthetics.

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

  1. Relating to the sensations.

  2. Relating to esthetics.

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