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aesthetics or (sometimes US) esthetics (iːsˈθɛtɪks Pronunciation for ɪs-)


noun (functioning as singular)

  1. the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of such concepts as beauty, taste, etc
  2. the study of the rules and principles of art

Word Origin

C18: from Greek aisthētikos perceptible by the senses, from aisthesthai to perceive

Example Sentences Including 'aesthetics'

-- entitled 73 In 83, only to find its distinctly home-made aesthetics greeted by either indifference or ridicule.
John Harris THE LAST PARTY: Britpop, Blair and the demise of English rock (2003)
A professor for the Art School had remarked that he' d never met a man with a poorer sense of aesthetics.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
Expect machines from the Mittys; aesthetics from the Anders; balks from the Berklis.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
If the artist were to think too much about aesthetics , goes the argument, this would shut the public out.
Spiked (2004)
In 1967 Films and Feelings gathered together articles on film aesthetics and style.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
No less seductive to the youth of the 1960s were the film's aesthetics.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
On the far side of the plaza of columns stood a building that was in some ways the paradigm of Ketherian aesthetics.
Clive Barker EVERVILLE (2001)
RNP spokesman Ward Gough said there were tenants in the market who preferred the look and aesthetics of a Heritage building.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
So if you care more for athletics than aesthetics , Tignes is a good choice.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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