aes·​thete | \ˈes-ˌthēt, British usually ˈēs-\
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Definition of aesthete 

: one having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art

Examples of aesthete in a Sentence

He regards art critics as a bunch of pretentious aesthetes.

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Under the watchful care of the struggling Mary, Roy became a precocious aesthete. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 Da Giacomo has been a reliably delicious backdrop to local and visiting aesthetes and fashionistas ever since. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "With Striking Interior Design, Milan’s Cracco Restaurant Evokes Singular Elegance," 29 June 2018 The description makes his career choice sound like an aesthetic one, and Bourdain indeed was an aesthete, devoted to an art form—food—where intellect follows the tongue. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Authenticity," 12 June 2018 The original series, which aired on Bravo in the early 2000s, was fueled by a sort of culture-clash comedy between gay aesthetes and straight louts. Daniel D'addario,, "Review: 'Queer Eye' Season 2 on Netflix," 7 June 2018 Patrick’s father, David (Hugo Weaving), is a sadistic aesthete who has taken up cruelty in place of a profession. Joy Press, HWD, "Patrick Melrose: How Benedict Cumberbatch Climbed Inside His Favorite Antihero," 5 June 2018 Perhaps no show has used food better than Hannibal, which ran on NBC from 2013 to 2015. The show’s center point is the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen as a lip-wiping aesthete and an incarnation of Satan himself. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The delectable possibility and bland reality of Sweetbitter," 25 May 2018 In this and other areas, this is the kind of movie Hollywood once made its world-wide reputation on, scorned by the aesthetes, adored by the multitudes. James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter, "'What a Way to Go!': THR's 1964 Review," 13 May 2018 From this doubled alienation sprang a baffled psyche: an aesthete traipsing nimbly through an age of brutal rupture. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of aesthete

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aesthete

probably derivative of aesthetic entry 1 or aesthetics, on the model of athletics : athlete and similar pairs

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English Language Learners Definition of aesthete

: a person who recognizes and values beauty in art, music, etc.

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