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  •  What's your definition of beauty? (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know how to describe it without it having an emotional quality.

    from wiki:

    Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.[1] Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.

    The experience of "beauty" often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."[2]

    There is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that things, aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in situations likely to give enhanced survival of the perceiving human's genes.[3][4]

    Definition of BEAUTY
    1
    : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness
    2
    : a beautiful person or thing; especially : a beautiful woman
    3
    : a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
    4
    : a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance

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