Aestheticism, late 19th-century.. or other purpose(fragment)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by HifaMo, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. HifaMo

    HifaMo Senior Member

    Moroccan Arabic
    "Aestheticism, late 19th-century European arts movement which centred on the doctrine that art exists for the sake of its beauty alone, and that it need serve no political, didactic, or other purpose."
    Aestheticism, Encyclopedia Britannica.
    I think the above sentence is a fragment, not a complete sentence.

    Am I right?

    If not, can it be used in formal writing?

    Thank you.
  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    Dictionary and Encyclopedia entries often leave out verbs. This is not a fragment - something necessarily incomplete - neither is it a sentence.

    It's a standard form of definition.

    It's not appropriate for formal writing outside works which are defining things formally.
  3. HifaMo

    HifaMo Senior Member

    Moroccan Arabic
    Very helpful, thanks.

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