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[nee-oh-pleyt-n-iz-uh m]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. 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
Related formsNe·o·pla·ton·ic [nee-oh-pluh-ton-ik] /ˌni oʊ pləˈtɒn ɪk/, adjectiveNe·o·pla·to·nist, noun
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Examples from the Web for neoplatonist

Historical Examples

  • A friend of mine once asked him, "Are you a Christian or a Neoplatonist?"

    Painted Windows

    Harold Begbie

  • This examination is, in two respects, in striking contrast to that of certain other Neoplatonist writers.

  • The dialogue hardly derives any light from Plato's other writings, and still less from Scholiasts and Neoplatonist writers.

  • Plotinus, the Neoplatonist, said: “God is not the principal of beings, but the principle of principles.”

  • Stobaeus in the Sermones collected a number of ethical dicta of one Eusebius, who may perhaps be identical with the Neoplatonist.

Word Origin and History for neoplatonist



also Neo-platonism, 1827, a philosophical and religious system mixing Platonic ideas and oriental mysticism, originating 3c. at Alexandria, especially in writings of Plotinus, Porphyry, and Proclus. Neoplatonian is attested from 1831. Related: Neoplatonic; Neoplatonist.

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