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  • adj. Of or relating to the philosophical views of Plato and his successors.
  • adj. Not sexual in nature; platonic love.

Etymologies

Latin platonicus; surface analysis is Plato + -n- ("(intervocalic)") +‎ -ic (“relating to”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She formed what she called a platonic friendship -- and it was really so -- with a certain M. de Seze, who was advocate-general at Bordeaux.

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  • The truth is that the attraction which draws a man and a woman together in what they call platonic friendship always has something of the physical in it -- on one side or the other.

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  • Jack is back and wants to be a father to Freddie, but shows no interest in Natalie, who detests the word platonic because she loves Jack.

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  • I love you too, Pollyanna but our relationship must remain platonic as my anus is already losing its elasticity from 30 years in banking. morgaine7

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  • Haven't you ever heard of the word platonic before?

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  • But those are also the values of many a long-term platonic friendship!

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  • The forum is enlightening because it represents a collaborative effort to define "platonic" -- and define it against nearly everything else on Craigslist.

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  • In you also, my dear Paul, this century appears to have perfected astronomy, and in Florence it has recalled the platonic teaching from darkness into light.

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  • Of course theirs would always be what the elder centaurs called a platonic friendship, because they were of different species, and crossbreeding was frowned on.

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  • Plato gave so brilliant and impressive a defense of this common human feeling, that the doctrine of the reality of abstract objects has been known as the platonic theory of ideas ever since.

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