[es-thet-ik or, esp. British, ees-]
pertaining to a sense of the beautiful or to the philosophy of aesthetics.
of or pertaining to the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty; of or relating to the science of aesthetics.
having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.
pertaining 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.
Also, esthetic.

1815–25; < Neo-Latin aestheticus < Greek aisthētikós, equivalent to aisthēt(ḗs) (see aesthete) + -ikos -ic

nonaesthetic, adjective
pseudoaesthetic, adjective

acetic, aesthetic, ascetic.

2. discriminating, cultivated, refined. Unabridged
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aesthetic or esthetic (iːsˈθɛtɪk, ɪs-)
1.  connected with aesthetics or its principles
2.  a.  relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
 b.  artistic or relating to good taste: an aesthetic consideration
3.  a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culture: the Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity
esthetic or esthetic
aes'thetically or esthetic
es'thetically or esthetic

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Word Origin & History

1798, from Ger. ästhetisch or Fr. esthétique, both from Gk. aisthetikos "sensitive," from aisthanesthai "to perceive, to feel," from PIE *awis-dh-yo-, from base *au- "to perceive." Popularized in Eng. 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 Baumgarten had taken it in Ger. 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. Related: Aesthetically.
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aesthetic aes·thet·ic or es·thet·ic (ěs-thět'ĭk)

  1. Relating to the sensations.

  2. Relating to esthetics.

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