- 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 metaphysically
Reminiscing on life in his hometown, Hemon writes, “physically and metaphysically, I was placed.”Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams
March 3, 2013
For full access to a genuine voice, Hemingway argues that a writer must depopulate his or her world, physically or metaphysically.Can We Live Together, Roland Barthes?
December 19, 2012
For no matter where he is in the flesh, we are metaphysically certain of his existence.The Book of Khalid
These points may be metaphysically elucidated by those who list.George Cruikshank
William Makepeace Thackeray
Metaphysically he undressed the general and considered him naked.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
Metaphysically speaking, we are spirit, and all else is spirit.The Church of St. Bunco
He was one of those men who from their birth are metaphysically inclined.The "Genius"
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for metaphysically
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.