aes·​thete | \ ˈes-ˌthēt How to pronounce aesthete (audio) , 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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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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“Aesthete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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