from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to the philosophy or theories of aesthetics.
- adj. Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste: the aesthetic faculties.
- adj. Characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty.
- adj. Artistic: The play was an aesthetic success.
- adj. Informal Conforming to accepted notions of good taste.
- n. A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility: "a generous Age of Aquarius aesthetic that said that everything was art” ( William Wilson).
- n. An underlying principle, a set of principles, or a view often manifested by outward appearances or style of behavior: "What troubled him was the squalor of [the colonel's] aesthetic” ( Lewis H. Lapham).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Concerned with beauty, artistic impact, or appearance.
- n. The study of art or beauty.
- n. That which appeals to the senses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or Pertaining to æsthetics; versed in æsthetics
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
- n. (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
German ästhetisch, from New Latin aesthēticus, from Greek aisthētikos, of sense perception, from aisthēta, perceptible things, from aisthanesthai, to perceive; see au- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Ästhetik or French esthétique, both from Ancient Greek αἰσθητικός ("of sense perception"), from αἰσθάνομαι ("I feel"). (Wiktionary)