Aesthetics Definition

ĕs-thĕtĭks
noun
The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, expression, and perception of beauty, as in the fine arts.
American Heritage
The study or theory of beauty and of the psychological responses to it; specif., the branch of philosophy dealing with art, its creative sources, its forms, and its effects.
Webster's New World
The study of the psychological responses to beauty and artistic experiences.
American Heritage
A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful.
Minimalist aesthetics.
American Heritage
An artistically beautiful or pleasing appearance.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
  • esthetics
  • philosophastry
  • phenomenology
  • dilettantism
  • artistic taste
  • philosophy of taste
  • philosophy of the fine arts
  • philosophy of beauty
  • the nature of beauty
  • study of beauty
  • theory of art
  • principles of art
  • philosophy of art
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