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verb (used without object), Pla·to·nized, Pla·to·niz·ing.
  1. to follow or adopt the doctrines of Plato.
  2. to think or reason in the manner of Plato.
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verb (used with object), Pla·to·nized, Pla·to·niz·ing.
  1. to give a Platonic character to.
  2. to explain in accordance with Platonic principles.
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Also especially British, Pla·to·nise.

Origin of Platonize

From the Greek word platōnízein, dating back to 1600–10. See Platonic, -ize
Related formsPla·to·ni·za·tion, nounPla·to·niz·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Gentle, secluded, scholastic England does well to platonize.

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana