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

  • adj. Variant of aesthetic.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of aesthetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the science of taste or beauty; pertaining to or originating in the sense of the beautiful: as, the esthetic faculty.
  • Having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love for the beautiful.
  • Pertaining to the practice of the fine arts; pertaining to or accordant with the rules, principles, or tendencies of the fine arts: as, an esthetic pose; esthetic dress.
  • In the Kantian philosophy, pertaining to sensation or the sensibility: sensuous.
  • n. The science of beauty. See esthetics.
  • n. In the Kantian philosophy, the forms of sensation (space and time), or of sensibility.
  • In pathology, having sensation: as, “a patch of æsthetic skin.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
  • adj. concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  • adj. relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics
  • adj. aesthetically pleasing


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  • "Imagination" shares with "beauty" the doubtful honor of being the chief theme in esthetic writings of enthusiastic ignorance.

    Mysterious Potencies

  • What is overlooked is that it is not the painting as a picture (that is, the object in esthetic experience) that causes certain effects "in us."

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

  • It is an "object in esthetic experience," not just the provocation to such experience.

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

  • I can't imagine where she gets them; partly I think from a general conviction that the 'esthetic' -- a horrible insidious foreign disease -- is eating the healthy core out of English life (dear old English life!) and partly from the charming pictures in _Punch_ and the clever satirical articles, pointing at mysterious depths of contamination, in the other weekly papers.

    The Tragic Muse

  • The design esthetic is part of the way in which people instinctively 'judge' an overall book. if, as I suspect from what I've been asked by people who definitely buy a lot of SF/F, people are now equating a certain cover stock with 'unprofessional', then it should be a factor in the choice the publisher makes. (

    msagara: An open letter to Trade Publishers

  • MacAlister, answered Stephen, would call my esthetic theory applied Aquinas.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • -- MacAlister, answered Stephen, would call my esthetic theory applied Aquinas.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • This is ordinarily called the esthetic sense, but that is an inexact term, for esthetic sense signifies a sense of the beautiful and what is esthetic is not necessarily beautiful.

    Musical Memories

  • -- MacAlister, answered Stephen, would call my esthetic theory applied

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • The third -- that is, the esthetic -- repulsion toward publicity in respect to the natural history of sex, I will not pretend to judge.

    The Sexual Life of the Child


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