Neoplatonism

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

noun

Sometimes neoplatonism . 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

OTHER WORDS FROM Neoplatonism

Ne·o·pla·ton·ic [nee-oh-pluh-ton-ik], /ˌni oʊ pləˈtɒn ɪk/, adjectiveNe·o·pla·to·nist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Neoplatonism

Neo-Platonism

Neoplatonism

/ (ˌniːəʊˈpleɪtəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

a philosophical system which was first developed in the 3rd century ad as a synthesis of Platonic, Pythagorean, and Aristotelian elements, and which, although originally opposed to Christianity, later incorporated it. It dominated European thought until the 13th century and re-emerged during the Renaissance

Derived forms of Neo-Platonism

Neo-Platonic (ˌniːəʊpləˈtɒnɪk), adjectiveNeo-Platonist, noun, adjective
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