[ pluh-ton-ik, pley- ]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Plato or his doctrines: the Platonic philosophy of ideal forms.

  2. pertaining to, involving, or characterized by Platonic love as a striving toward love of spiritual or ideal beauty.

  1. (usually lowercase) purely spiritual; free from sensual desire, especially in a relationship between two persons of different sexes.

  2. (usually lowercase) feeling or professing platonic love: He insisted that he was completely platonic in his admiration.

Origin of Platonic

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin Platōnicus, from Greek Platōnikós, equivalent to Platōn-, stem of Plátōn Plato + -ikos, -ic

Other words from Platonic

  • Pla·ton·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti-Pla·ton·ic, adjective
  • post-Pla·ton·ic, adjective
  • pro-Pla·ton·ic, adjective

Words Nearby Platonic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Platonic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Platonic


/ (pləˈtɒnɪk) /

  1. of or relating to Plato or his teachings

  2. (often not capital) free from physical desire: Platonic love

Derived forms of Platonic

  • Platonically, adverb

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