Proper Pronunciation Guide

aesthetic

[ɛs θɛ ək]

Tips:

  • Pronounce the initial letters “ae” as the short vowel
    /ɛ/—like the vowel in the word “bet.”
  • Pronounce the letter “s” as
    /s/—and not as
    /z/.
  • Stress the second syllable.
  • The second letter “t” may be pronounced as a very lightly tapped
    /d/ in quick speech.

Practice Sentence:

He had a great aesthetic awareness of all the design elements in the new building.

Definition:

  • (adjective) Concerned with beauty and one’s emotional response to it—as opposed to a utilitarian or practical concern or response.

Notes:

“Aesthetics” is a mass noun, or uncountable noun, which is the philosophy of beauty and how we respond to it.
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