adjective \plə-ˈtä-nik, plā-\

: of, relating to, or having a close relationship in which there is no romance or sex

Full Definition of PLATONIC

capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of Plato or Platonism
a :  relating to or based on platonic love; also :  experiencing or professing platonic love
b :  of, relating to, or being a relationship marked by the absence of romance or sex
pla·ton·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PLATONIC

  1. They had a platonic friendship, not a romantic one.
  2. Our relationship was strictly platonic.
  3. Whereas in the more northerly clime of England the courtly lover of Malory and the Round Table tended to platonic adoration from afar, the Parisian woman already expected—and received—more earthly devotion. —Alistair Horne, Seven Ages of Paris, 2002

Origin of PLATONIC

Latin platonicus, from Greek platōnikos, from Platōn Plato
First Known Use: 1533


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