Platonic love
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 love — (Latin: amor platonicus ), in its modern popular sense, is a non sexual affectionaterelationship. [cite web | url = http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=platonic+love | title = Platonic love | publisher = Dictionary.com | accessdate = 2007 11 …   Wikipedia

  • PLATONIC LOVE —    love between persons of different sexes, in which as being love of soul for soul no sexual passion intermingles; is so named agreeably to the doctrine of Plato, that a man finds his highest happiness when he falls in with another who is his… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Platonic love — love which does not involve sexual or sensual feelings …   English contemporary dictionary

  • platonic love — {n. phr.} Great affection toward another person without sex. * /They are platonic lovers; they do everything together except make love./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • platonic love — {n. phr.} Great affection toward another person without sex. * /They are platonic lovers; they do everything together except make love./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • platonic\ love — n. phr. Great affection toward another person without sex. They are platonic lovers; they do everything together except make love …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Platonic love — Synonyms and related words: Amor, Christian love, Eros, abstinence, admiration, adoration, affection, agape, ardency, ardor, attachment, bodily love, brotherly love, caritas, celibacy, charity, conjugal love, continence, continency, desire,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • platonic love — noun Usage: often capitalized P&L 1. : love conceived in the philosophy of Plato as an urge to union with the beautiful, ascending from passion for the individual to ecstasy in contemplation of the universal and ideal 2. : a close relationship… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Platonic love — 1. Platonism. love of the Idea of beauty, seen as terminating an evolution from the desire for an individual and the love of physical beauty to the love and contemplation of spiritual or ideal beauty. 2. (usually l.c.) an intimate companionship… …   Universalium

  • platonic love — noun Usage: often capitalized P Date: 1631 1. love conceived by Plato as ascending from passion for the individual to contemplation of the universal and ideal 2. a close relationship between two persons in which sexual desire is nonexistent or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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