a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.
He makes people who I call the aesthete—who have a very specific aesthetic point of view.
Louboutin Looks Back Isabel Wilkinson November 2, 2011
The trouble was that the fight took on a life of its own, until the warrior in Hilton nearly crushed the aesthete.
In Memoriam: Hilton Kramer David Frum April 10, 2012
We see that the man whose success is merely personal—the actor, the sophist, the millionaire, the aesthete—is incurably vulgar.
Soliloquies in England George Santayana
He is not really an aesthete at all; he is too Voltairian for that.
Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
But Becky Sharp’s eyes also were green, and the green of the aesthete does not suggest innocence.
Prose Fancies (Second Series) Richard Le Gallienne
Indeed, if he had agreed with the aesthete, he would possibly not have introduced him.
The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
And this is the condition of the decadent, of the aesthete, of the free-lover.
The Defendant G.K. Chesterton
But it wasn’t a scientist’s curiosity; it was an aesthete’s.
Breaking Point James E. Gunn
aesthete and libertine alike sink to the lower level of pleasure, and their emotions become obscene.
The Evolution of Love Emil Lucka
As a matter of fact, there was much more of the aesthete in him than of the Nonconformist.
Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
a person who has or who affects a highly developed appreciation of beauty, esp in poetry and the visual arts
1878, in vogue 1881, from Greek aisthetes “one who perceives,” from stem of aisthanesthai “to perceive, to feel” (see aesthetic).
I want to be an aesthete,
And with the aesthetes stand;
A sunflower on my forehead,
And a lily in my hand.
[“Puck,” Oct. 5, 1881]
- Aesthetic distance
a degree of detachment from or nonidentification with the characters or circumstances of a work of art, permitting the formation of judgments based on aesthetic rather than extra-aesthetic criteria. Historical Examples But Johnson of Cheshire lacked the aesthetic distance required of sustained irony and had a grander purpose in mind. The Merry-Thought: or the Glass-Window […]
- Aesthetic labour
noun workers employed by a company for their appearance or accent, with the aim of promoting the company’s image
- Aesthetic movement
noun an artistic and literary movement of the late 19th century based on the motto was “art for art’s sake” and arguing that art was not to be utilitarian or practical Examples Huge cultural and social changes occurred because more than a decorative style, the Aesthetic Movement reflected an attitude. Historical Examples But it happened […]