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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, and classical art.
Historical Examples

It is a custom that is instinctively condemned by everyone from the standpoint of both hygiene and aestheticism.
Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian

The prevalence of such a sensualism or aestheticism would alone suffice to explain the impotence of the arts.
Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana

aestheticism and carnality are by no means as dissociate as the æsthete would have us believe.
Religion and Lust James Weir

The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism.
The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura

It will be interesting to note in what ritualistic harbor the aestheticism of our day will finally moor.
The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner

Call it aestheticism, squeamishness, namby-pamby sentimentalism, what you will it is stronger than oneself!
The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy John Galsworthy

We may divide human artifacts into two classes, namely, those of utility and those of aestheticism.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 8, 1923 Various

aestheticism (for so they named the movement,) did indeed permeate, in a manner, all classes.
The Works of Max Beerbohm Max Beerbohm

the doctrine that aesthetic principles are of supreme importance and that works of art should be judged accordingly
sensitivity to beauty, esp in art, music, literature, etc

1855, from aesthetic + -ism.


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