Neo·​pla·​to·​nism | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈplā-tə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Neoplatonism (audio) \

Definition of Neoplatonism

1 : Platonism modified in later antiquity to accord with Aristotelian, post-Aristotelian, and eastern conceptions that conceives of the world as an emanation from an ultimate indivisible being with whom the soul is capable of being reunited in trance or ecstasy
2 : a doctrine similar to ancient Neoplatonism

Other Words from Neoplatonism

Neoplatonic \ ˌnē-​ō-​plə-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce Neoplatonic (audio) , -​plā-​ \ adjective
Neoplatonist \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈplā-​tə-​nist How to pronounce Neoplatonist (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Neoplatonism

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Neoplatonism

neo- + platonism, after German Neuplatonismus

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“Neoplatonism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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