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

Examples of aestheticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His practices—blending documentary and aestheticism, subjectivity and classicism—also made his characters’ romantic doings seem deceptively frivolous, their intellectual disputations ironically austere. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Watch the Films of Éric Rohmer on His Centenary," 20 Mar. 2020 After that goal at Southend, Barry-Murphy and Rochdale were hailed as outliers: ambassadors for aestheticism amid the barbarism of League One. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Pep Effect," 8 Nov. 2019 Pater may have been a creature of 19th century spiritualism and aestheticism, his sensibility as alien to the Renaissance as to our own era of metrics and algorithms. Washington Post, "Quiet, please. At the Louvre’s ‘Léonard de Vinci’ exhibition, you’re in the presence of genius.," 29 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of aestheticism

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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aesthetic entry 1 + -ism

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“Aestheticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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