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Nov 2, 2010
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aesthete
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aesthete or esthete

PRONUNCIATION:
(ES-theet)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who has or affects high sensitivity to beauty, especially in art.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from aesthetic. Via Latin from Greek aisthesis (sensation or perception). Ultimately from the Indo-European root au- (to perceive) which is the source of other words such as audio, audience, audit, obey, oyez, auditorium, anesthesia, aesthetic, and synesthesia. Earliest recorded use 1881.

USAGE:
"Alex is a secret aesthete, a slum-dwelling intellectual who finds redemption through Beethoven rather than the pumping dance beats down at the Korova milk bar."
Neil Cooper; A Clockwork Orange, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland); Oct 18, 2010.

See more usage examples of aesthete in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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