Adjective "aesthetic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
  1. 'New York's film-making community shares the aesthetic appreciation.'
  2. 'It is also deeply involved in our aesthetic appreciation of the world around us, and there are many examples to draw on.'
  3. 'There's an esthetic appreciation but no emotional context.'
  4. 'But beyond that there is an aspect that connects our aesthetic appreciation to that of Nature itself.'
  5. 'Women also appreciate the aesthetic value of a knife and may choose to combine function with beauty.'
  6. 'We should strive to appreciate the aesthetic value of our names.'
  7. 'This aesthetic appreciation extends to previous writers on the subject.'
  8. 'There are two traditional views concerning what constitutes aesthetic values.'
  9. 'Kashmir's contribution to the Indian thought has been of immense artistic, esoteric and aesthetic value.'
  10. 'At least with the monument, aesthetic appreciation justifies a lack of content.'
  11. 'the law applies to both functional and aesthetic objects'
  12. 'As of now, people in the State are hooked to just the aesthetic aspect of design.'
  13. 'Quite apart from its aesthetic appeal, the design enhances the acoustics much as a cello itself does.'


A set of principles underlying the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
  1. 'Modern artists like Kirchner explored the rough, expressive aesthetic of woodcut.'
  2. 'At last she introduced a dance esthetic that was entirely new.'
  3. 'The documentary aesthetic lent itself to the popularization of photography at all levels.'
  4. 'What she saw, and what others in the art and quilt communities began to see, was a singular aesthetic.'
  5. 'Yes, but the people who produce it also think of it as a threatening aesthetic.'
  6. 'Born in Japan, the artist brought the esthetic of ink painting on paper to his American subject matter.'
  7. 'Making his brisk, wide-ranging way through the 1960s, Crow turns the esthetic into the ethical at every step.'
  8. 'He reminds us that the installation esthetic began in a spirit of rebellion against all that.'
  9. 'He uses the ambiguity of passageways and transitional spaces to construct an esthetic of anticipation.'
  10. 'Here, the casually irreverent esthetic of a young artist was linked with literary notions of exploration and mortality.'


1. relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.

2. relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.

3. having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.

4. relating to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality. noun

5. the philosophical theory or set of principles governing the id

More examples(as adjective)

"experiences can be aesthetic."

"values can be aesthetic."

"considerations can be aesthetic."

"qualities can be aesthetic."

"responses can be aesthetic."

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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.