to depict as being pleasing or artistically beautiful; represent in an idealized or refined manner.


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    the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary. an exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters. a late Victorian movement in British and American art characterized by a dedicatedly eclectic search for beauty and by an interest in old English, Japanese, […]

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