Noun Aestheticism Definition and Examples







An approach to art exemplified by the Aesthetic Movement.
  1. 'There is, one might observe, truth in the aesthetic, but truth defined by the aesthetic easily descends into sickly aestheticism.'
  2. 'Yet he does see politically engaged art as a partial corrective to the bankrupt aestheticism of much mainstream art.'
  3. 'Elsewhere I have described this view as ‘rule aestheticism.’'
  4. 'In the spirit of romantic aestheticism, beauty in the natural environment was seen to inspire enlightenment through cultural expression.'
  5. 'When aiming for this ideal, goodness does not mean aestheticism, nor does knighthood mean adultery.'
  6. 'One represents the aestheticism of the academy, the other the avant-garde faith in innovation and progression.'
  7. 'The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.'
  8. 'Wilde's remarkable essay exemplified the links between aestheticism and individualist socialism.'
  9. 'When I argue that your connoisseurship or aestheticism are suspect, it does not mean our field is in disarray.'
  10. 'Yet, in its disavowal of pure estheticism and visual idealization, Lee's work seems more American than Korean.'
((n.) The doctrine of aesthetics; aesthetic principles; devotion to the beautiful in nature and art.)


1. the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary.

2. an exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters.

3. a late Victorian movement in British and American art characterized by a dedicatedly eclectic search for beauty and by an interest in old English, Japanese, and classical art.


"aestheticisms can be by things."

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