from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Devotion to and pursuit of the beautiful; sensitivity to artistic beauty and refined taste.
- n. The doctrine that beauty is the basic principle from which all other principles, especially moral ones, are derived.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A doctrine which holds aesthetics or beauty as the highest ideal or most basic standard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine of æsthetics; æsthetic principles; devotion to the beautiful in nature and art.
aesthetic + -ism (Wiktionary)