Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To depict in an idealized or artistic manner: "When they range too far from experience, aestheticize life too much, the pictures are disappointing” ( Village Voice).

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  • v. Alternative spelling of aestheticise.

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Examples

  • If we don't "aestheticize" art -- that is, apprehend it on its own terms as art -- we've failed to recognize it at all.

    Saying Something

  • Heaven forbid that we "aestheticize" an ostensible work of art!

    Saying Something

  • "Heroism" is used and heroes created to aestheticize and glorify war and, it seems, is the ideological band-aid we use to cover up the suffering, wounding, and killing of disposable soldiers, the balm we use to soothe the suffering of the families and friends impacted - both emotionally and financially -- and left behind.

    Andrew Bickford: Shadow Elite: Pat Tillman & Why Soldier Hero Worship Serves the Powerful ... Not the Soldiers

  • Heroism is used and heroes created to aestheticize and glorify war and, it seems, is the ideological band-aid we use to cover up the suffering, wounding, and killing of disposable soldiers.

    Andrew Bickford: Shadow Elite: Pat Tillman & Why Soldier Hero Worship Serves the Powerful ... Not the Soldiers

  • "Heroism" is used and heroes created to aestheticize and glorify war and, it seems, is the ideological band-aid we use to cover up the suffering, wounding, and killing of disposable soldiers.

    Andrew Bickford: Shadow Elite: Pat Tillman & Why Soldier Hero Worship Serves the Powerful ... Not the Soldiers

  • Media depictions are often challenged, sometimes rightly so, for glamorizing suffering, lending comfort to those who aestheticize the pain of others rather than persuading them to extend their hands in hope of alleviating it.

    The Question of Beauty

  • The opening sequence, which contains the first of many shocks, suggests that Mr. Garrone will aestheticize his gritty subject.

    'Gomorrah': A Sinfully Fine Crime Epic

  • The word "seeing," in all its ambiguity, is split between perceptual and cognitive, literal and figurative, meanings, and only our own interpretation can unify and hence aestheticize it.

    Seeing Is Reading

  • My own view is that Mieville failed completely in his attempt not to aestheticize Lin's fate; I think it's a general problem with Mieville's work that he can't avoid romanticizing suffering and pain as a form of heroism in the face of the grotesque.

    Evil and the Grotesque in Mieville

  • To aestheticize not only means to give luster, distance, and form to things that are otherwise murky and ineffable; it is also how an author substitutes for the real answer the best answer, provided his answers are mandated by the form of the work in which the questions arose.

    Out of Novemberland

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