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It was not aesthetically pleasing.
  related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one’s appreciation of beauty or one’s sense of what is beautiful


beautiful or tasteful
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aesthetic aesthetics esthetics aesthetically esthetic
A less common, though acceptable spelling is "esthetic."
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  • It was not aesthetically pleasing.
  • She expressed concern about the aesthetic impact of wind turbines in such beautiful countryside.
  • It’s asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic.
    W. Somerset Maugham
  • He despised the aesthetic of minimalism.

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  • Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.
    Paul Rand
  • He cherishes the arts and aesthetic pleasure.
  • The film was an aesthetic success, but it lost money.
  • Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
    Alfred North Whitehead
  • A history is a written narrative of the past that is guided by the facts, as far as the writer can determine and interpret them, and not by some aesthetic, religious, or other consideration.
    Bible - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • I am very happy to believe that modern people have to assert a proper balance between getting and spending and their more private lives. I am even content to believe that many people deceive themselves as to their own real interests.  But I assert that those are moral and aesthetic issues for individuals...
    Richard D. North  --  Rich Is Beautiful  -- 06/28/06)

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  • Development threatened the aesthetic value of the coast line.
  • It was the first dawn of the aesthetic emotion.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • And though I had been surrounded by women all my days, my appreciation of them had been aesthetic and nothing more.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • One area of focus of aesthetic philosophy is to establish universal criteria of artistic quality regardless of the form of art being discussed.
  • His aesthetic sense was such that he preferred natural finishes.
  • Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
    Edward O. Wilson
  • The planning commission has to balance the desire for wider roadways against a desire for an aesthetically pleasing downtown.
  • This movement advocated rationality as a means to establish an authoritative system of ethics, aesthetics, and knowledge.
    Age of Enlightenment - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Newtonian physics, the intellectual basis and the aesthetic model for Enlightenment scientism, spread the idea that matter behaves in a mathematically predictable manner that can be understood by postulating laws of nature.
    Deism - Wikipedia  -- 05/21/06)
  • Kama includes the pleasure of the senses, both aesthetic (refined artistic) pleasures and sensual and sexual pleasure.
    Hinduism - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • "I’m not much for car upkeep simply for aesthetics’ sake," he said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Yet in an aesthetic way he saw the charm of it,
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • General Peckem thought of himself as aesthetic and intellectual.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Most people did not appreciate the aesthetics of turnips, Ruth thought as she chose five good ones, whereas she loved them, their crunchiness, the way they absorbed the flavor of whatever they were immersed in, gravy or pickling juice.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • She sensed when a guest needed more tea before the guest did, expressed herself by filling his cup, thought in terms of matching, balancing, connecting, completing. In terms, that is, of family, which wasn’t so much an idea for her, as an aesthetic.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • his mind showed a preference always for the ideal and the aesthetic,
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Ah, it’s not picturesque, not aesthetically attractive!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • You can think of it as a matter of  aesthetics.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • "Messy things," said Marilla, whose aesthetic sense was not noticeably developed.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Forgive Simon. We haven’t had high-quality cellists for a couple years, so he’s excited about new blood. In a purely aesthetic way.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Harald argued ... [for] actively putting to death people who offended his aesthetic tastes and didn’t fit his image of the perfect Swedish race.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • In his aesthetics he investigated what happens when we are overwhelmed by beauty—in a work of art, for instance.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But down here he acts the little god with his gentility, and his patronage, and his sham aesthetics, and every one—even your mother—is taken in.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The aesthetic evil of a footnote seems in order just here,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • You don’t consider the aesthetics.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Sabina’s initial inner revolt against Communism was aesthetic rather than ethical in character.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • My field was the aesthetics of painting.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • My motivation was largely aesthetic.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • He was almost ridiculously handsome: the narrow, aesthetic face; the slash of cheekbones; and sculpted mouth.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • As the weaver elaborated his pattern for no end but the pleasure of his aesthetic sense, so might a man live his life,
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But he misses the point, of course, of the aesthetics of the placement of the Breakfast Room and my belief that it shall go virtually unused because of it.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • But if, in the face of all this, you still declare that whaling has no aesthetically noble associations connected with it...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Like most veteran Everest guides, Groom believed that although it was acceptable—and, indeed, aesthetically preferable—to do without bottled oxygen when climbing on one’s own, it would be extremely irresponsible to guide the peak without using it.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He knew himself to be of a breeding altogether more esthetic and sensitive than Thompson’s. He was a college graduate, he played golf, he often smoked cigarettes instead of cigars, and when he went to Chicago he took a room with a private bath.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Our tastes, aesthetically speaking, were very different, and the simple truth was we both liked our independence and personal space.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • ...the Insurpassable Joy of the Life Aesthetic.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Its real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences . . . clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • ...for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • which he only did because he was trying to prove he could be aesthetic in spite of being a medical student.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • They never let science crush the aesthetic and the beautiful.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
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