Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to metaphysical: Metaphysical poetry
1. Of or relating to metaphysics.
2. Based on speculative or abstract reasoning.
3. Immaterial or supernatural: angels and other metaphysical beings.
4. often Metaphysical Of or relating to the poetry of a group of 17th-century English poets whose verse is characterized by an intellectually challenging style and extended metaphors comparing very dissimilar things.
[Middle English metaphisicalle, from Medieval Latin metaphysicālis, from metaphysica, metaphysics; see metaphysics.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Philosophy) relating to or concerned with metaphysics
2. (Philosophy) (of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless
3. (popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical
4. incorporeal; supernatural
(Poetry) denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
(Poetry) a poet of this group
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
met•a•phys•i•cal(ˌmɛt əˈfɪz ɪ kəl)
1. pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
2. highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
3. of or pertaining to a 17th-century group of English poets who used extensive imaginative conceits and turns of wit.
4. beyond the physical; incorporeal or supernatural.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Adj.||1.||metaphysical - pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics; "metaphysical philosophy"|
|2.||metaphysical - without material form or substance; "metaphysical forces"|
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
|3.||metaphysical - highly abstract and overly theoretical; "metaphysical reasoning"|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
1. abstract, intellectual, theoretical, deep, basic, essential, ideal, fundamental, universal, profound, philosophical, speculative, high-flown, esoteric, transcendental, abstruse, recondite, oversubtle metaphysical questions like personal responsibility for violence
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. Having no body, form, or substance:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
metaphysical[ˌmetəˈfɪzɪkəl] ADJ → metafísico
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
metaphysical[ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl] adj [question] → métaphysique
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
adv → metaphysisch
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
metaphysical[ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪk/əl] adj → metafisico/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995