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n. branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty

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Aesthetics, or the philosophy of art, is the study of beauty and taste. It is about interpreting works of art and art movements or theories. The term aesthetic is also used to designate a particular style, for example the "industrial aesthetic", or the "Japanese aesthetic".

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1. (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art); "traditional aesthetics assumed the existence of universal and timeless criteria of artistic value"
(synonym) esthetics
(hypernym) philosophy
(classification) art, artistic creation, artistic production


1. (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful; "he despised the esthetic of minimalism"
(synonym) esthetic
(hypernym) philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
(classification) philosophy

1. relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics; "aesthetic values"
(synonym) esthetic
(pertainym) aesthetics, esthetics
2. concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; "the aesthetic faculties"; "an aesthetic person"; "aesthetic feeling"; "the illustrations made the book an aesthetic success"
(synonym) esthetic, aesthetical, esthetical
(antonym) inaesthetic, unaesthetic
(similar) artistic
3. aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement"
(synonym) esthetic, artistic, pleasing
(similar) tasteful, in good taste(p)

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n. estetika; estetismus

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