- of, relating to, or characteristic of Plato or his doctrines: the Platonic philosophy of ideal forms.
- pertaining to, involving, or characterized by Platonic love as a striving toward love of spiritual or ideal beauty.
- (usually lowercase) purely spiritual; free from sensual desire, especially in a relationship between two persons of the opposite sex.
- (usually lowercase) feeling or professing platonic love: He insisted that he was completely platonic in his admiration.
Origin of Platonic
Examples from the Web for platonic
In high school, Tsukuru was one of five platonic but intimate friends who did everything together and thought as one.Haruki Murakami's Weird, Wonderful World
August 15, 2014
She uses the celebrations of holy matrimony as a way to chronicle her own relationships, both romantic and platonic.The Summer’s Juiciest Beach Reads: Hillary’s New Memoir And More
May 21, 2014
But when pressed on the nature of their relationship—which Stiviano has characterized as platonic—Sterling clammed up.Donald Sterling’s Insane Attempt at Damage Control Fails Miserably
May 13, 2014
I remembered the usual termination of Platonic liaisons, and thought how disgusted I had been whenever I heard of one.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
It was trickier to convincingly recreate Mark's imprint as a platonic pal downstairs.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
His philosophy was Platonic, or rather the bent of his mind was Platonic.Initiation into Philosophy
The Menexenus has more the character of a rhetorical exercise than any other of the Platonic works.Menexenus
There is a twofold difficulty in apprehending this aspect of the Platonic writings.Phaedrus
And there he would sing to Dulcinea, his platonic and only love.The Story of Don Quixote
Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The style and plan of the Timaeus differ greatly from that of any other of the Platonic dialogues.Timaeus
- of or relating to Plato or his teachings
- (often not capital) free from physical desirePlatonic love
Word Origin and History for platonic
1530s, "of or pertaining to Greek philosopher Plato" (429 B.C.E.-c.347 B.C.E.), from Latin Platonicus, from Greek Platonikos. The name is Greek Platon, properly "broad-shouldered" (from platys "broad;" see plaice (n.)). His original name was Aristocles. The meaning "love free of sensual desire" (1630s), which the word usually carries nowadays, is a Renaissance notion; it is based on Plato's writings in "Symposium" about the kind of interest Socrates took in young men, which originally had no reference to women. Related: Platonically.