Platonic
Platonic Pla*ton"ic, Platonical Pla*ton"ic*al, a. [L. Platonicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. platonique.] 1. Of or pertaining to Plato, or his philosophy, school, or opinions. [1913 Webster]

2. Pure, passionless; nonsexual; philosophical. [1913 Webster]

{Platonic bodies}, the five regular geometrical solids; namely, the tetrahedron, hexahedron or cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron.

{Platonic love}, a pure, spiritual affection, subsisting between persons of opposite sex, unmixed with carnal desires, and regarding the mind only and its excellences; -- a species of love for which Plato was a warm advocate.

{Platonic year} (Astron.), a period of time determined by the revolution of the equinoxes, or the space of time in which the stars and constellations return to their former places in respect to the equinoxes; -- called also {great year}. This revolution, which is caused by the precession of the equinoxes, is accomplished in about 26,000 years. --Barlow. [1913 Webster]


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  • platonic — PLATÓNIC, Ă, platonici, ce, adj. 1. Care aparţine platonismului, privitor la platonism; platonian, platonician (2). ♦ p. ext. (Despre sentimente) Pur, ideal; spiritualizat. 2. Care nu se poate realiza, care nu se concretizează, care nu poate fi… …   Dicționar Român

  • Platonic —    , PLATONIC LOVE    Platonic love, from the Latin armor Platonicus, is nonphysical attraction between a man and a woman, sometimes called platonic friendship. This notion of friendship is loosely derived from views stated in Plato s Symposium,… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • platonic — referring to spiritual as distinct from erotic love, is spelt with a small initial p. When the reference is directly to Plato (as in Platonic dialogue), it is spelt Platonic with a capital initial letter …   Modern English usage

  • Platonic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or associated with the Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 c.347 BC) or his ideas. 2) (platonic) (of love or friendship) intimate and affectionate but not sexual. DERIVATIVES platonically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Platonic — Pla*ton ic, n. A follower of Plato; a Platonist. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Platonic — (adj.) 1530s, of or pertaining to Gk. philosopher Plato (429 B.C.E. c.347 B.C.E.). The name is Gk. Platon, properly broad shouldered (from platys broad; see PLACE (Cf. place) (n.)). His original name was Aristocles. The meaning love free of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • platonic — [adj] expressing nonphysical love ideal, idealistic, intellectual, quixotic, spiritual, transcendent, Utopian, visionary; concepts 403,555 Ant. physical …   New thesaurus

  • Platonic — [plə tän′ik, plātän′ik] adj. [L Platonicus < Gr Platōnikos] 1. of or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy 2. idealistic, visionary, or impractical 3. [usually p ] designating or of a relationship, or love, between a man and a woman that… …   English World dictionary

  • Platonic — Plato s influence on Western culture was so profound that several different concepts are linked by being called platonic or Platonist, for accepting some assumptions of Platonism, but which do not imply acceptance of that philosophy as a whole.… …   Wikipedia

  • platonic — [[t]plətɒ̱nɪk[/t]] (The spelling Platonic is also used for meaning 2.) 1) ADJ GRADED Platonic relationships or feelings of affection do not involve sex. She values the platonic friendship she has had with Chris for ten years. Ant: sexual 2) ADJ:… …   English dictionary

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