Platonic

[pluh-ton-ik, pley-]
adjective
  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.
  3. (usually lowercase) purely spiritual; free from sensual desire, especially in a relationship between two persons of the opposite sex.
  4. (usually lowercase) feeling or professing platonic love: He insisted that he was completely platonic in his admiration.

Origin of Platonic

1525–35; < Latin Platōnicus < Greek Platōnikós, equivalent to Platōn-, stem of Plátōn Plato + -ikos, -ic
Related formsPla·ton·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti-Pla·ton·ic, adjectivean·ti-Pla·ton·i·cal·ly, adverbpost-Pla·ton·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for platonically

Platonic

adjective
  1. of or relating to Plato or his teachings
  2. (often not capital) free from physical desirePlatonic love
Derived FormsPlatonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for platonically

Platonic

adj.

1530s, "of or pertaining to Greek philosopher Plato" (429 B.C.E.-c.347 B.C.E.), from Latin Platonicus, from Greek Platonikos. The name is Greek Platon, properly "broad-shouldered" (from platys "broad;" see plaice (n.)). His original name was Aristocles. The meaning "love free of sensual desire" (1630s), which the word usually carries nowadays, is a Renaissance notion; it is based on Plato's writings in "Symposium" about the kind of interest Socrates took in young men, which originally had no reference to women. Related: Platonically.

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