eye of the beholder



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.
See also: beholder, eye, of

Common Names:

NameGenderPronouncedUsage
Yoshirouyo-shee-ṙo:Japanese
Gunnr-Norse Mythology
Lauro-Italian
Phoebe['fi:bi]
Fungai-Southern African, Shona
Claire[klɛə]