Meaning of “aesthetics” in the English Dictionary

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"aesthetics" in British English

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aestheticsnoun [ U ]

US also esthetics uk /esˈθet.ɪks/ us /esˈθet̬.ɪks/

Examples from literature

  • Differences in politics, in ethics and even in aesthetics need not arouse angry antagonism. 
  • The discovery of the beauty of nature, and with it the revival of aesthetics, was an essential part of the new-born civilisation. 
  • Their taste is rather the outcome of a desire to please others than of a sense of aesthetics. 
  • These remarks are illustrated in the aesthetics of landscape gardening. 
  • We may all agree about aesthetics, and yet differ about particular works of art. 

(Definition of “aesthetics” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aesthetics" in American English

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aestheticsnoun [ U ]

also esthetics us /esˈθet̬·ɪks/

art the formal study of the principles of art and beauty

(Definition of “aesthetics” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)