One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who has or affects to have a special appreciation of art and beauty.
dandy, fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rakeView synonyms
- ‘For all the millions that the Londoners have splashed out, aesthetes find them a comparatively ugly side to watch.’
- ‘He remains an aesthete, but his appreciation of culture is now spiritually empty.’
- ‘Travelling aesthetes are too engaged with life to be bored.’
- ‘Charles's father, however, preferred business and sports and regretted that his son had turned out an aesthete and a poet.’
- ‘SHE HAS always flattered - the eyes of the aesthetes - not to deceive, but to delight.’
- ‘In the 1920s and 30s it developed into a glamorous resort populated by rich aesthetes, dissident intellectuals and artists.’
- ‘They are advanced aesthetes, located in community-based cultures.’
- ‘And Derrida, like all Deconstructionists - and, in particular, French aesthetes, are expert at making rhetoric dance.’
- ‘Nor are we holier-than-thou aesthetes who can't manage more than a half lager without being sick in the taxi.’
- ‘And this is the condition of the decadent, of the aesthete, of the free-lover.’
- ‘The most important point to make is that the aesthete and intellectual showed not the least reservation with flagrant melodrama.’
- ‘His pose was that of the dandy and the aesthete, emphatically not that of the angry young man.’
- ‘If opera is an elitist, outmoded art form for high-brow aesthetes, then no one's told these kids.’
- ‘The aesthetes marvelled at his sureness of foot and quickness of hand.’
- ‘The aesthetes of New Eltham were not his only problem.’
- ‘The film had so much potential to please the aesthetes, to assuage the jangled nerves.’
- ‘He was a cultured aesthete who loved music, architecture, and philosophy, even corresponding at length with Voltaire.’
- ‘The contempt of a fastidious aesthete would not defeat them: far sterner measures were necessary.’
- ‘Councillors they may be, aesthetes they are not!’
- ‘Her attitude is now certainly sadder, her descriptions more concrete, her approach less that of the aesthete.’
Late 19th century: from Greek aisthētēs ‘a person who perceives’, or from aesthetic, on the pattern of the pair athlete, athletic.
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