- pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
- concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth.
- concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
- highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
- designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose characteristic style is highly intellectual and philosophical and features intensive use of ingenious conceits and turns of wit.
- Archaic. imaginary or fanciful.
Origin of metaphysical
Examples from the Web for metaphysical
He left the U.S., seeking a spiritual and metaphysical connection for his work elsewhere.A Gay American Artist in Kaiser’s Berlin
Sarah Bay Williams
August 10, 2014
I do not say a creation … Any preexistence of the universe has a metaphysical character.Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang
Karl W. Giberson
March 23, 2014
Things get metaphysical in one of the most masterful hours of television since ‘Breaking Bad.’‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Review: ‘The Secret Fate of All Life’ is the Best Episode Yet
February 17, 2014
So in episode five—not to spoil anything—Cohle gives one of his metaphysical addresses.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto
February 4, 2014
A chapter on the metaphysical poets is four-fifths Donne to one-fifth Herbert, with Marvell failing to get a look-in.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
There are three evils: the metaphysical, the physical, and the moral.Initiation into Philosophy
I do not mean to say that they did this with any occult or metaphysical motives.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
These three stages are the Theological, the Metaphysical, and the Positive.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
Nay, what does history yet record of the metaphysical annals of man?Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He was rather a great judge of metaphysical power than a metaphysician.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
- relating to or concerned with metaphysics
- (of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless
- (popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical
- incorporeal; supernatural
- denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
- a poet of this group
Word Origin and History for metaphysical
early 15c., "pertaining to metaphysics," from methaphesik (late 14c.) + -al, and in part from Medieval Latin metaphysicalis, from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). It came to be used in the sense of "abstract, speculative" (e.g. by Johnson, who applied it to certain 17c. poets, notably Donne and Cowley, who used "witty conceits" and abstruse imagery). Related: Metaphysically.