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Noun: esthetics  es'the-tiks
Usage: US (elsewhere: aesthetics)
  1. (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art)
    "traditional esthetics assumed the existence of universal and timeless criteria of artistic value";
    - aesthetics
Noun: esthetic  es'the-tik
Usage: US (elsewhere: aesthetic)
  1. (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
    "he despised the esthetic of minimalism";
    - aesthetic

Type of: philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, philosophy

Encyclopedia: Esthetics