- the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary.
- an exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters.
- a late Victorian movement in British and American art characterized by a dedicatedly eclectic search for beauty and by an interest in old English, Japanese, and classical art.
- the doctrine that aesthetic principles are of supreme importance and that works of art should be judged accordingly
- sensitivity to beauty, esp in art, music, literature, etc