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aesthete

[es-theet or, esp. British, ees-] /ˈɛs θit or, esp. British, ˈis-/
noun
1.
a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
2.
a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.
Also, esthete.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Greek aisthētḗs one who perceives, equivalent to aisthē- (variant stem of aisthánesthai to perceive) + -tēs noun suffix denoting agent
Related forms
hyperaesthete, noun
Synonyms
1. connoisseur. 2. dilettante.
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aesthete

/ˈiːsθiːt/
noun
1.
a person who has or who affects a highly developed appreciation of beauty, esp in poetry and the visual arts
Word Origin
C19: back formation from aesthetics
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Word Origin and History for hyper aesthete

aesthete

n.

1878, in vogue 1881, from Greek aisthetes "one who perceives," from stem of aisthanesthai "to perceive, to feel" (see aesthetic).

I want to be an aesthete,
And with the aesthetes stand;
A sunflower on my forehead,
And a lily in my hand.

["Puck," Oct. 5, 1881]

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