aes·​thet·​i·​cism | \ es-ˈthe-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce aestheticism (audio) , is-\
variants: or less commonly estheticism

Definition of aestheticism

1 : a doctrine that the principles of beauty are basic to other and especially moral principles
2 : devotion to or emphasis on beauty or the cultivation of the arts

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Translating this book is not really about finding le mot juste because Döblin, who despised Thomas Mann’s fussy aestheticism, often seems little interested in the exercise himself. Amanda Demarco, WSJ, "‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Review: A Low-Life for the Ages," 23 Mar. 2018 The intrinsic aestheticism of this ancient art has revitalized interest in tarot, making it a social media favorite — there's now even such a thing as emoji tarot. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Tarot Cards and Understanding Their Meanings," 26 Feb. 2018 Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of aestheticism, and Libras tend to treat their partners like works of art, adoring both their bodies and minds. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "This Is What You're Like in Bed, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 13 Oct. 2017 Perhaps Abloh is striving for a Flaubertian aestheticism. Cody Delistraty, Esquire, "Virgil Abloh Is Searching for Virgil Abloh," 30 Jan. 2017 French and Japanese culture have that sort of aestheticism of perfection. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Natalie Portman on Hollywood Beauty Standards and the Quest for Perfection," 28 Aug. 2017 Frivolity, aestheticism, hedonism, cynicism, pessimism, narcissism, consumerism, materialism, nihilism, fatalism and fanaticism . . Henry Porter, The Hive, "Donald Trump, Theresa May, and the End of Government as We Know It," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of aestheticism

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aestheticism

aesthetic entry 1 + -ism

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a strong desire or propensity

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