Best friends can often describe the moment when they platonically fell in love with each other.
Both love Clitandre, but Armande loves him platonically, while Henriette loves him with womanly affection.
Voltaire and Rousseau were the fashion, and cultured society was platonically enamoured of the Rights of Man.
And Augustine was not only part of all this, but in mind and temper was platonically inclined.
He loved the old painters, but platonically; their works did not lead him astray.
Tiny invited Don Roberto to open the dance with her, and that platonically enamoured gentleman consented with a grand flourish.
For the rest, they sometimes envy the people its eternal ignorance, platonically of course.
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.