aesthete [es′thēt΄]
[Gr aisthētēs, a person who perceives: see AESTHETIC]
1. a person highly sensitive to art and beauty
2. a person who artificially cultivates artistic sensitivity or makes a cult of art and beauty
SYN.- AESTHETE, although applied to one highly sensitive to art and beauty, is often used derogatorily to connote effeteness or decadence; DILETTANTE refers to one who appreciates art as distinguished from one who creates it, but is used disparagingly of one who dabbles superficially in the arts; a CONNOISSEUR is one who has expert knowledge or a keen discrimination in matters of art and, by extension, in any matters of taste [a connoisseur of fine foods ]; VIRTUOSO, in this comparison, denotes a collector or connoisseur of art objects, and is sometimes used derogatorily to suggest faddishness

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