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Definition of "aesthete" []

  • One who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature. (noun)
  • One whose pursuit and admiration of beauty is regarded as excessive or affected. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "aesthete" in a sentence
  • "‡ The term aesthete is sometimes used negatively to describe someone whose pursuit of beauty is excessive or appears phony."
  • "The absolute disdain for politics of the aesthete is in itself a political choice."
  • "The aesthete from the East has come out west and cut Ansel Adams down to size."