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

  • n. Variant of aesthetics.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of aesthetics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science which deduces from nature and taste the rules and principles of art; the theory of the fine arts; the science of the beautiful, or that branch of philosophy which deals with its principles; the doctrines of taste.

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  • n. (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art)


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  • Like me, he seems to think the 1920s represented a high water mark in esthetics.

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  • In short, the first injustice is practised by literature; it has no interest in esthetics, which is only a higher justice.

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  • Esthetics have somewhat aligned themselves to the others, but at last there is a movement, known as the arts and crafts movement, more properly called applied esthetics, which is the effort to relate art to life.

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  • Some day or other, when all the jargon so feelingly denounced by Colonel Morley about "esthetics," and "objective," and "subjective," has gone to its long home, some critic who can write English will probably bring that poor little volume fairly before the public; and, with all its manifold faults, it will take a place in the affections, not of one single generation of the young, but

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  • When someone does … they cry that it will harm the "esthetics" of the desert … or screw up the view from their ocean front property.

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  • In Japan, there is relax esute, “relax esthetics,” encompassing treatments such as facials and massages.

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  • If one does not like my list of favorite abandoned Maya cities that I have visited, based, by the way, purely on esthetics and not historical importance, list your own.

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  • I don't care for the appearance of the newer versions or the esthetics of the Vinci but they probably are ergonomically correct.

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  • Mr. Jia, a slight, soft-spoken man who looks younger than his 41 years, is sophisticated in the realm of film esthetics—and of footwear; he wore Pradas to an interview marathon—but essentially earnest in his desire to document the life around him.

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  • I am rating visual esthetics not historic importance.



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