The adjective aesthetic comes in handy when the subject at hand is beauty or the arts. A velvet painting of dogs playing poker might have minimal aesthetic appeal.

Aesthetic, from a Greek word meaning "perception," comes to us from German philosophers who used it for a theory of the beautiful. From this technical sense, it soon came to refer to good taste and to artistry in general; if something has "aesthetic value," it has value as a work of art (even if nobody will pay much for it). It does not, however, refer to the objects themselves; do not talk about an "aesthetic painting."

Definitions of aesthetic

adj 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”
aesthetical, esthetic, esthetical
satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities
cosmetic, enhancive
serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body
having qualities unique to the art of painting
taking delight in beauty
inaesthetic, unaesthetic
violating aesthetic canons or requirements; deficient in tastefulness or beauty
inartistic, unartistic
lacking aesthetic sensibility;
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adj aesthetically pleasing

artistic, esthetic
having or showing or conforming to good taste

adj relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics

aesthetic values”

n (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful

Type of:
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy

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