-etic, -etics

(Greek: -etikos, an adjective suffix meaning "pertaining to, of the nature of" for nouns ending in -esis)

abiogenetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Of or pertaining to that which does not result from the activities of living organisms: The former abiogenetic theory that plant and animal life can spontaneously arise from nonliving organic matter in a relatively short period of time has been rejected by just about everyone.
acetic (uh SEE tik)
1. Sour, tart, tangy, acerbic: "These pickles are too ascetic; that is, too sour!"
2. A reference to vinegar or other acid characteristics: "The acetic flavor of vinegar is used in salad dressings to give them a little punch."
1. Having the nature of vinegar.
2. Pertaining to, derived from, or producing vinegar or acetic acid.
acetic; ascetic; aesthetic, esthetic
acetic (uh SEE tik) (adjective)
1. Sour, acerbic: These pickles are too acetic; that is, too sour!
2. A reference to vinegar or other acid characteristics: The acetic flavor of vinegar is used in salad dressings to give them a little punch.
ascetic (uh SET ik) (adjective)
A life of rigorous self-discipline and self-denial; an abstainer: Some people believe that most of the early saints chose to live an ascetic lifestyle.
aesthetic, esthetic (es THET ik) (adjective)
Characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty: There are practical as well as aesthetic reasons for planting trees.
Showing good taste or being artistic.
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Sometimes a very ascetic person can develop an acetic personality which spoils the natural aesthetic potential of the individual.

acmesthetic (adjective), more acmesthetic; most acmesthetic
Relating to a sensation of sharp points touching the skin but lacking the perception of pain usually associated with such stimulation: Glenda had an acmesthetic feeling when the point of the needle was put into her arm; so, she didn't feel any pain.

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

-Aldous Huxley
acrophonic (adjective), more acrophonic, most acrophonic
Referring to the use of symbols to represent sounds.
A substance or factor that causes movement of stored lipid (fat).
The science of soaring in a glider.
The scientific study of the earth's magnetic characteristics as measured from the air.
aesthetics, esthetics (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
1. The study, or philosophy, of beauty: Shannon enrolled in the university program for aesthetics, planning to become an art critic.
2. The study of what is considered beautiful, harmonious, and cultured: Nathaniel, the theater critic, commented on the aesthetics of the play, noting the balance and harmonious nature of the characters.
3. The way something looks; especially, when considered in terms of how pleasing it is: The towers of the town had an aesthetics about them that was charming and pleasing.
4. A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility: Because Jason aspired to be an artist, he enrolled in a course on esthetics to enhance his knowledge and understanding of beauty.
A proposed technical epithet for, "intended to do good", "of beneficent tendency".
agricultural energetics
1. The various forms of energy involved in the process of agriculture, either as inputs (for example, human labor, animal power, electricity, etc.) or as useful output (such as, food, manure, etc.).
2. Specifically, the relationship between energy in the form of food produced and the energy input required to achieve this production.