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See also: æsthetic


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From German Ästhetik or French esthétique, both from Ancient Greek αἰσθητικός (aisthētikós, of sense perception), from αἰσθάνομαι (aisthánomai, I feel).


  • (Conservative RP) IPA(key): /es.ˈθe.tɪk/, /iːs.ˈθe.tɪk/
  • (Contemporary RP) IPA(key): /ɛs.ˈθɛ.tɪk/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪs.ˈθe.tɪk/, /iːs.ˈθe.tɪk/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɛs.ˈθɛ.tɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛtɪk


aesthetic (comparative more aesthetic, superlative most aesthetic)

  1. Concerned with beauty, artistic impact, or appearance.
  2. (nonstandard) Beautiful or appealing to one's sense of beauty and/or art.
    It works well enough, but the shabby exterior offends his aesthetic sensibilities.
    • 1881, W. S. Gilbert, Patience, Act I:
      If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line as a man of culture rare,
      You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms, and plant them everywhere.
    Synonyms: aesthetical, esthetic, tasteful
    Antonyms: inaesthetic, unaesthetic



aesthetic (plural aesthetics)

  1. The study of art or beauty.
  2. That which appeals to the senses.
  3. The artistic motifs defining a collection of things, especially works of art; more broadly, their vibe.
    Her most recent works have this quirky, half-serious 90's teen culture-inspired aesthetic.
    I really like the goth aesthetic you've got going there.


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Further reading[edit]

  • "aesthetic" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 31.