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Line breaks: aes|thet¦ic
Pronunciation: /iːsˈθɛtɪk
, ɛs-/
(US also esthetic)

Definition of aesthetic in English:


1Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty: the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure
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  • In this period, they occupied very much the center of aesthetic appreciation and social value.
  • We should strive to appreciate the aesthetic value of our names.
  • Women also appreciate the aesthetic value of a knife and may choose to combine function with beauty.
1.1Giving or designed to give pleasure through beauty: the law applies to both functional and aesthetic objects
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  • As of now, people in the State are hooked to just the aesthetic aspect of design.
  • They chose wood as their preferred blocking material because it offers more natural, aesthetic options for interior design.
  • The router itself is unlike any I have seen as of yet in its aesthetic design.
decorative, ornamental, graceful, elegant, exquisite, beautiful, attractive, pleasing, lovely, stylish, artistic, tasteful, in good taste


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A set of principles underlying the work of a particular artist or artistic movement: the Cubist aesthetic
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  • The two married an industrial ethic to a modernist aesthetic, capturing an entire ethos in a single seat.
  • The graphic designs of Constructivism and the Bauhaus had their foundations in the collage esthetic.
  • Signed Henri Matisse lithographs on the lounge wall reinforce the Modernist esthetic.


late 18th century (in the sense 'relating to perception by the senses'): from Greek aisthētikos, from aisthēta 'perceptible things', from aisthesthai 'perceive'. The sense 'concerned with beauty' was coined in German in the mid 18th century and adopted into English in the early 19th century, but its use was controversial until much later in the century.

  • The early sense was ‘relating to perception by the senses’; the source is Greek aisthētikos, from aisthēta ‘material things’. This was opposed to things that were thinkable, in other words, immaterial things. The sense ‘concerned with beauty’ was coined in German in the mid 18th century, and adopted into English in the early 19th century, but its use was controversial until much later in the century. Aesthete was formed on the pattern of pairs such as athlete, athletic.



an aesthetically pleasing colour combination
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  • It was witty, playful, knowing, ingenious, aesthetically pleasing and surprisingly well executed.
  • Things in life would be more efficient, not to mention more aesthetically pleasing.
  • That's what we're trying to do with our music and we're not ashamed to make it aesthetically pleasing.

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