Definition of platonic in English:

platonic

adjective

  • (of love or friendship) intimate and affectionate but not sexual.

    ‘their relationship is purely platonic’
    • ‘Have you had a platonic friendship that crossed the line and became romantic or sexual?’
    • ‘Familial and platonic relationships are central themes in Greenfield's works.’
    • ‘Thirty previously unseen letters from the writer to the German-born actress and singer reveal an intense and flirtatious but apparently platonic relationship.’
    • ‘It is a purely platonic friendship, we are good company for each other.’
    • ‘He has always insisted their friendship was "platonic".’
    • ‘She has resigned herself to the fact that their relationship is purely platonic and will never be anything more.’
    • ‘The relationship is platonic, like a brother-sister relationship.’
    • ‘I've had several lady friends over the years, but our relationships have been platonic.’
    • ‘Modern readers continue to debate whether the poems express platonic friendship or sexual love.’
    • ‘Rossetti had been in love with Jane since 1857, and in the 1870s, in her husband's absence, the pair enjoyed a perhaps not altogether platonic affair.’
    • ‘Until now, our relationship has remained completely platonic.’
    • ‘The relationship between Bob and Charlotte remains at the film's core, and remains platonic despite strong sexual undercurrents.’
    • ‘The widowed pair found their platonic arrangement suited them both.’
    • ‘The pair have always insisted their relationship was purely platonic.’
    • ‘They do not expect relationships, either sexual or platonic, to last a lifetime.’
    • ‘Our realtionship started out as platonic but quickly grew into something much more.’
    • ‘Here are some things to keep in mind when the guy you want to catch under the mistletoe is more into keeping it strictly platonic.’
    • ‘The couple decide to try a live-in relationship, primarily platonic, though the boundaries soon dissipate.’
    non-sexual, non-physical, chaste
    spiritual, intellectual, friendly
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Platonic, with reference to a discussion of love in the "Symposium" by Plato.

Pronunciation:

platonic

/pləˈtänik/

Definition of Platonic in English:

Platonic

adjective

  • 1Of or associated with the Greek philosopher Plato or his ideas.

    • ‘An authoritarian response would be to delegate power to a paternalistic dictator, a Platonic philosopher king.’
    • ‘This is the convergence of the real and the abstract, the Platonic ideal and its inferior shadow, matter and energy.’
    • ‘According to Platonic philosophy, mathematics is the proper training for understanding the Universe as it is, as opposed to how it appears.’
    • ‘But like many people who spend too long in front of their computers, he's talking about a Platonic ideal rather than the real world.’
    • ‘He also accepted the Platonic distinction between the real and the phenomenal, with which this ideal often was associated.’
    • ‘We might think that we are no better off in understanding Medea after learning of the Stoic - Platonic dispute over the right way to interpret what is going on in her.’
    • ‘The reality of such common objects of experience also earned a philosophical sanction from Platonic idealism.’
    • ‘The novel has no Platonic form, and there is certainly no requirement that writers adhere to a formula or set of rules.’
    • ‘Madison shows that Nietzsche directed his critique of Platonic science at the assumption that science represents reality.’
    • ‘It would not have been difficult for him to find Greek copies of Platonic dialogues at either Carthage or Rome, where he taught for a time.’
    • ‘To answer this question, one might begin by contrasting, at least in a crude way, a Humean with a Platonic conception of practical reasoning.’
    • ‘Philo adopted the Platonic concept of the soul with its tripartite division.’
    • ‘My understanding of both Scripture and Platonic philosophy is far too limited to provide a sufficient response.’
    • ‘All this might point to a tacit disappointment with the cinema as we know it and a yearning for the Platonic ideal we dream it capable of.’
    • ‘We stagger round with the Platonic idea (from the Symposium) that we can love only one other person.’
    • ‘Even in democracies, however, there are fascinating relics of the Platonic image of the guardians.’
    • ‘Resurrection meant life after life after death, and that was impossible for all Greeks, Homeric or Platonic.’
    • ‘Garbo's face, still, white, perfect, like a mask, resembles the timeless Platonic ideal of beauty as it exists in the mind of God.’
    • ‘I think that Greek Tragedy and the Platonic dialogues are positively riddled with irony.’
    • ‘The Greek, especially the Platonic, tradition saw the soul and body as utterly distinct and separate entities.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the picture we get of the Academy is of a centre for discussions, with no indication that students went there to learn Platonic doctrines.’
  • 2Confined to words, theories, or ideals, and not leading to practical action.

    • ‘An anti-capitalist movement must be equal to this, otherwise it will not be effective, unless of course you intend your movement to be merely Platonic.’
    • ‘It would be more useful if our West European partners' position was less platonic and if they made a more energetic and persistent effort to pound it into the Americans.’
    • ‘An eminent diplomatic commentator wrote that the action taken by France in response to atomic tests by South Africa would not be purely platonic.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek Platōnikos, from Platōn Plato See also platonic.

Pronunciation:

Platonic

/pləˈtänik/