aes·​thet·​i·​cize es-ˈthe-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce aestheticize (audio)
variants or less commonly estheticize
aestheticized; aestheticizing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Either way, the urge to aestheticize work remains. Lora Kelley, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2023 But while Nomadland presents an elegiac portrait of an underclass who celebrate their dignity despite their conditions, Lapsis, with sweaty, bumbling Ray flailing through all its otherwise-bucolic nature shots, is less inclined to aestheticize precarity. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 25 Feb. 2021 Nolan's greatest feat, perhaps, is his ability to aestheticize the liminal space between dreams and reality. Randall Colburn,, 12 July 2022 Kvedaravičius, as a filmmaker, doesn’t aestheticize the war. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 May 2022 This extinction engine does not sentimentalize or aestheticize the materials of the world. Anne Boyer, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 This includes not only his detractors but also many of his extremely online supporters, who lovingly aestheticize his hair and meme him as an action hero. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


aesthetic entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aestheticize was in 1864

Dictionary Entries Near aestheticize

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“Aestheticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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