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



    (North American English also esthetic) noun
    BrE BrE//iːsˈθetɪk//
    , BrE//esˈθetɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//esˈθetɪk//
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  1. 1[countable] the aesthetic qualities and ideas of something The students debated the aesthetic of the poems.
  2. 2aesthetics [uncountable] the branch of philosophy that studies the principles of beauty, especially in art
  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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