[ nee-oh-pleyt-n-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌni oʊˈpleɪt nˌɪz əm /

noun (sometimes lowercase)

a philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Eastern mysticism, with later influences from Christianity. It holds that all existence consists of emanations from the One with whom the soul may be reunited.


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Origin of Neoplatonism

First recorded in 1835–45; neo- + Platonism


Ne·o·pla·ton·ic [nee-oh-pluh-ton-ik] /ˌni oʊ pləˈtɒn ɪk/, adjectiveNe·o·pla·to·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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