aestheticism

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See also: æstheticism

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aesthetic +‎ -ism

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aestheticism (countable and uncountable, plural aestheticisms)

  1. A doctrine which holds aesthetics or beauty as the highest ideal or most basic standard.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, chapter XIII, in Age of Consent, London: T[homas] Werner Laurie [], published 1962, OCLC 3195881, page 133:
      He went over his canvases with disgust and anger, unable to see virtue in any one of them. Even his sacred Oyster Girl went back on him. The creature of a vitiated æstheticism, he could only suppose that conceit had played an abominable trick on his eyesight.

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