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eye of the beholder

The subjective appreciation or evaluation made by an individual viewer, participant, appraiser, etc. From the proverb "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" (i.e., an approximation of beauty will differ greatly between different people). It's only in the eye of the beholder that such a nebulous thing as "truth" or "justice" has any real meaning. You may not like my new jacket, but style is in the eye of the beholder.
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beauty is in the eye of the beholder

An approximation of beauty will differ greatly between different people. You may not like my new jacket, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think Annabelle's boyfriend is that attractive, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
See also: beauty, beholder, eye, of

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Prov. Different people have different ideas about what is beautiful. Bob: I can't believe Ted bought that ugly old car. Fred: He loves it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Jill: Have you seen Mary's pictures of her new baby? He looks pretty ugly, to my eyes. Jane: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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ˌbeauty is in the ˌeye of the beˈholder

(saying) what one person thinks is beautiful may not seem beautiful to somebody else: Personally I don’t think her husband is very attractive, but they say beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, don’t they?
Behold is an old word meaning ‘to see’.
See also: beauty, beholder, eye, of
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Inspired heavily by George Orwell's groundbreaking 1984 the philosophical narrative of Beholder, opens up questions around issues of social and moral values.
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But I felt that it would have been easier on the eye and on the understanding to have had the Welsh and the English windows in slightly differently tinted glass from one another, so that the compound message would not tax the perception of the beholder by appearing as a jumble, but as two messages in two languages.
But is the same true if the beholder is beheld through a computer's eye?
The case of Mitchell Robinson of Kansas City, Missouri, however, shows that "reasonable uses of guns for self-defense" are often in the eye of the beholder.