Platonism

noun
Pla·​to·​nism | \ ˈplā-tə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Platonism (audio) \

Definition of Platonism

1a : the philosophy of Plato stressing especially that actual things are copies of transcendent ideas and that these ideas are the objects of true knowledge apprehended by reminiscence

Other Words from Platonism

Platonist \ ˈplā-​tə-​nist How to pronounce Platonist (audio) \ noun
Platonistic \ ˌplā-​tə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce Platonistic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Platonism

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Platonism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Platonism. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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