from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
- noun One whose pursuit and admiration of beauty is regarded as excessive or affected.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Recent One who makes much or overmuch of æsthetics.
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- noun Someone who
cultivatesan unusually high sensitivityto beauty, as in artor nature.
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- noun one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The term aesthete is sometimes used negatively to describe someone whose pursuit of beauty is excessive or appears phony.
The absolute disdain for politics of the aesthete is in itself a political choice.
The aesthete from the East has come out west and cut Ansel Adams down to size.
Yes, aesthete, that is why I bought that up to dpaitsel, penguin2
When Brophy first met Sir Anthony, at dinner among the sailors and art students "probably both," she suggested of his Courtauld Institute apartment, not even the British security service knew that the aesthete was their betrayer.
The prime motivation for the aesthete is the transformation of the boring into the interesting.
The service would have been pronounced by any modern aesthetic religionist -- or religious aesthete, which is it?
I'm perfectly willing to accept the label of "aesthete," although I know it's meant to be a term of horrible abuse.
And if we are to talk about 'aesthete' looking better than 'aesthete', I really think have to say I think 'cosy' looks 'cosier' than 'cozy'...
I, for one, am not the kind of aesthete who wants to "disavow the obvious content of the work."