(usually lowercase) purely spiritual; free from sensual desire, especially in a relationship between two persons of different sexes.
(usually lowercase) feeling or professing platonic love: He insisted that he was completely platonic in his admiration.
- Pla·ton·i·cal·ly, adverb
- an·ti-Pla·ton·ic, adjective
- post-Pla·ton·ic, adjective
- pro-Pla·ton·ic, adjective
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How to use Platonic in a sentence
Reality as ConsciousnessThis view can be seen as a middle way between the Platonic and Aristotelian tradition.The Universe Knows Right from Wrong - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Philip Goff | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
Only the unworldly could still think this was, at its worst, only an unseemly Platonic relationship rather than a serious bonding.
In high school, Tsukuru was one of five Platonic but intimate friends who did everything together and thought as one.
She uses the celebrations of holy matrimony as a way to chronicle her own relationships, both romantic and Platonic.The Summer’s Juiciest Beach Reads: Hillary’s New Memoir And More | Emily Shire | May 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But when pressed on the nature of their relationship—which Stiviano has characterized as Platonic—Sterling clammed up.Donald Sterling’s Insane Attempt at Damage Control Fails Miserably | Nina Strochlic | May 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I remembered the usual termination of Platonic liaisons, and thought how disgusted I had been whenever I heard of one.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
True, she had taken a lively interest in all her brother's curates, but it was always a professional interest and purely Platonic.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The two minds, not hearts, were at once united; but this Platonic union soon led to one more tender.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
The single bright ray across her life was an absolutely Platonic love for her cousin Charles Grandet.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
This is obviously the Platonic doctrine of two right keys, holding the mean between high and low.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
The manner in which Aristides introduces his information about the Platonic Modes is highly suspicious.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
British Dictionary definitions for Platonic
of or relating to Plato or his teachings
(often not capital) free from physical desire: Platonic love
- Platonically, adverb
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