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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Vo is too canny and too much of an aesthete for that. David Salle, The New York Review of Books, "David Salle," 9 May 2019 In addition to the film, there was an exhibition on view, which showcased a variety of objects, sounds, stills, and live performances that kept the crowd of aesthetes fully immersed from all angles. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "Camilla Stærk & Helena Christensen Host a Screening for Their Hazy, Dream-Like Short Films," 26 Apr. 2019 The tool, a new edition of which launches today at @stockholmdesignweek, allows any architect, interior designer, or enthusiastic aesthete — that’s us! — to create a one-off custom rug. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "You Can Design Your Own Rug Using This Amazing Tool," 4 Feb. 2019 Accompanying that rigorous intellect was the sensibility of an aesthete. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "‘Donald Judd: Specific Furniture’ Review: Designs With Purpose," 23 July 2018 Libras are aesthetes — they are obsessed with symmetry and balance, and beauty and design are extremely important to these air signs. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 Ludwig is an idealist, an aesthete, unsuited to reign. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "A Momentous Wagnerian Film," 15 June 2018 The craftsmen, scientists, and aesthetes of the time believed that nature was art, and vice versa—a belief in full flourish across runways and showrooms today. Jesse Dorris, House Beautiful, "In Bloom: Beacon Hill's New Midnight Garden Collection," 15 May 2013 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

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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

formal + sometimes disapproving : a person who recognizes and values beauty in art, music, etc.

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