aes·​thet·​i·​cism es-ˈthe-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce aestheticism (audio)
variants or less commonly estheticism
: a doctrine that the principles of beauty are basic to other and especially moral principles
: devotion to or emphasis on beauty or the cultivation of the arts

Examples of aestheticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But he’s done plenty of homes, including some in London, and what’s evident here, even with my all-too-brief stay, is that every design consideration is about the equation of aestheticism with intimacy and experience. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 For the everyman who likes to host dinner parties, this aestheticism can create a certain pressure. Amelia Abraham, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2023 For all his refined aestheticism, Rudolph perceptively sketches the social realm that Emily confronts, the political-power grid of society at large. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2023 Really, there’s nothing pure about either cinema — a hybrid art form stamped from birth with the mark of commerce — or cinephilia, which combines lofty aestheticism with more visceral, less respectable forms of delight. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2022 Cronenberg knowingly implies that this is the least creative time in film history, and his scrutiny of aestheticism defines the horror of fake art — of junk like The Way of Water. Armond White, National Review, 21 Dec. 2022 The game the rivals play is beautiful, Lopez said, because of its aestheticism. Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 Locke came of age amid a Victorian wave of gay aestheticism that looked to classical art as inspiration for a new homosexual identity. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2022 There is some sort of atavistic aestheticism embedded in the French soul. Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker, 14 July 2022

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Word History


aesthetic entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aestheticism was in 1843

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“Aestheticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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