Definition of aesthetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (North American English also esthetic) adjective
    BrE BrE//iːsˈθetɪk//
    , BrE//esˈθetɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//esˈθetɪk//
    Interior décor
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  1. 1concerned with beauty and art and the understanding of beautiful things an aesthetic appreciation of the landscape The works of art are judged on purely aesthetic grounds. The benefits of conservation are both financial and aesthetic.
  2. 2made in an artistic way and beautiful to look at Their furniture was more aesthetic than functional. See related entries: Interior décor
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to perception by the senses’): from Greek aisthētikos, from aisthēta ‘perceptible things’, from aisthesthai ‘perceive’. The sense ‘concerned with beauty’ was first used in German in the mid 18th cent. and adopted into English in the early 19th cent., but its use was controversial until much later in the century.
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