I was trying to think of a word to replace "appreciative of creativity" in the sentence below:

Hipsters are young, independent, deviant from social norms, and appreciative of creativity.

Please note that I am trying to distinguish that they may not possess any creativity, but they value it.

  • Deviants - plural- and “appreciative of creativity* seems to work and flows nicely. What’s wrong with it? – Jim Jul 4 '16 at 1:00
  • I find that creativity is rarely appreciated. Certainly not often enough to merit its own word. – Hot Licks Jul 4 '16 at 1:16
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    Like Jim, I'd use "deviants," and a possible change would be to end with "...and value creativity." – KWinker Jul 4 '16 at 1:23
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    @Jim Isn't deviant an adjective + preposition here, following parallel structure? – Cascabel Jul 4 '16 at 1:59
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    @MaxWilliams necrophiliacs have sexual attraction to corpses. Neophiliacs are forward-thinking. – Ethan Leyden Jul 4 '16 at 15:25

The closest I could find is the word "aesthete" meaning a person who is appreciative of and sensitive to art and beauty.

  • So in this sentence, we could say that "Hipsters are...aesthetes." – Ethan Leyden Jul 5 '16 at 19:46
  • Yes, I think so. – alwayslearning Jul 6 '16 at 5:09

open-minded, defined by The Free Dictionary as:

Receptive to new and different ideas or the opinions of others.

People who appreciate creativity are, almost by definition, open-minded. However, people who are open-minded might also appreciate a lot of what turns out to be not true.

I want to avoid art and politics in my example, so I'll choose three examples from physics: (1) polywater; (2) cold fusion; (3) neutrinos going faster than the speed of light.

In each case, the phenomenon, which if true, would have been revolutionary, was found not to exist. However, physicists were excited; physicists wanted the apple cart to be upset, because in physics, upset apple carts lead to great progress. Thus, they were open-minded about three potential revolutions that proved to be experimental errors.

As far as hipsters, which was what you were asking about, open-minded hipsters are likely to appreciate not only creativity, but also what turns out to be nonsense.

  • This is a good answer, but not what I am looking for. Open-minded is often interpreted as being highly "receptive" to new ideas, which differs from being "appreciative," which in this case is being used to mean, "recognition" for a talent/ability. What I am looking for is a word to represent the act of "recognizing" an idea, talent, or ability. To sum it up, the difference between open-minded and appreciative in this case is not entirely unlike the difference between "receptive" and "recognizing." – Ethan Leyden Jul 5 '16 at 19:45
  • @Ethan Leyden OK, I understand open-minded not being right for you. Other possibilities are: perceptive, critic, connoisseur, but I need to pay real life some attention now. – ab2 MonicaNotForgotten Jul 5 '16 at 23:58

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