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  • adj. Resembling an aura.

Etymologies

Probably from German auratisch c. 1930 as used in the letters of Walter Benjamin, from Italian auratico (Wiktionary)

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  • Having to do with an aura. A term of art criticism coined c. 1930 by Walter Benjamin (originally in German: auratisch). The quality arises not from the object in itself, but from the way it is seen, and thus the meaning is close to that of "archetypal." A thing is auratic not for any inherent qualities of its own but because it is perceived as the center of hundreds of other gazes.

    December 8, 2009