Platonic


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Pla·ton·ic

 (plə-tŏn′ĭk, plā-)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy: Platonic dialogues; Platonic ontology.
2. often platonic Friendly or affectionate without involving sexual relations: platonic love.
3. often platonic Speculative or theoretical.

[After Plato.]

Pla·ton′i·cal·ly adv.

Platonic

(pləˈtɒnɪk)
adj
1. (Philosophy) of or relating to Plato or his teachings
2. (often not capital) free from physical desire: Platonic love.
Plaˈtonically adv

Pla•ton•ic

(pləˈtɒn ɪk, pleɪ-)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Plato or Platonism.
2. (usu. l.c.) of or pertaining to an intimate relationship characterized by the absence of sexual involvement: platonic love.
3. (usu. l.c.) free from sensual desire; purely spiritual: a platonic relationship.
[1525–35; < Latin Platōnicus < Greek Platōnikós, derivative of Platōn-, s. of Plátōn Plato]
Pla•ton′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Platonic - of or relating to or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy; "Platonic dialogues"
2.platonic - free from physical desire; "platonic love"
passionless - not passionate; "passionless observation of human nature"

platonic

adjective nonphysical, ideal, intellectual, spiritual, idealistic, transcendent Their relationship was purely platonic.
Translations

platonic

[pləˈtɒnɪk]
A. ADJplatónico
B. CPD platonic love Namor m platónico

platonic

[pləˈtɒnɪk] adj
(= not physical) [friendship, feelings, relationship] → platonique
(also Platonic) [philosophy, teachings, ideas, tradition] → platonicien(ne)

Platonic

adj philosophyPlatonisch

platonic

adj love, friendshipplatonisch

platonic

[pləˈtɒnɪk] adjplatonico/a
References in classic literature ?
At the time, I devoted three days to the studious digesting of all this beer, beef, and bread, during which many profound thoughts were incidentally suggested to me, capable of a transcendental and Platonic application; and, furthermore, I compiled supplementary tables of my own, touching the probable quantity of stock-fish, etc.
Lecount entirely from the Platonic point of view -- lads in their teens would have found her irresistible -- women only could have hardened their hearts against her, and mercilessly forced their way inward through that fair and smiling surface.
And it will be no great matter if it is in some other person's hand, for as well as I recollect Dulcinea can neither read nor write, nor in the whole course of her life has she seen handwriting or letter of mine, for my love and hers have been always platonic, not going beyond a modest look, and even that so seldom that I can safely swear I have not seen her four times in all these twelve years I have been loving her more than the light of these eyes that the earth will one day devour; and perhaps even of those four times she has not once perceived that I was looking at her: such is the retirement and seclusion in which her father Lorenzo Corchuelo and her mother Aldonza Nogales have brought her up.
And we may perhaps even indulge in the fancy that the actual defence of Socrates was as much greater than the Platonic defence as the master was greater than the disciple.
Previously to seeing the Dancing Widows I had little idea that there were any matrimonial relations subsisting in Typee, and I should as soon have thought of a Platonic affection being cultivated between the sexes, as of the solemn connection of man and wife.
But if she won't even see you,--and she won't,--your constancy must remain purely Platonic.
We are advancing now to some kind of confidence, and in short are likely to be engaged in a sort of platonic friendship.
He assumes the characteristic Platonic view that all men seek the good, and go wrong through ignorance, not through evil will, and so he naturally regards the state as a community which exists for the sake of the good life.
After all, the philosopher endured this sort of platonic marriage very patiently.
He formed a platonic friendship with a lady some years older than himself, who lived in Kensington Square; and nearly every afternoon he drank tea with her by the light of shaded candles, and talked of George Meredith and Walter Pater.
I think the poet desired to embody in this one picture the whole spirit of medieval chivalry and the platonic love of a pure and high-souled knight.
There he sits enthroned, with room for a fair admirer on either side of him--the clerical sultan of a platonic harem.