Examples of platonic in a Sentence
- 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
- Relax. The Three Phils are strictly platonic. Yet three-pal business relationships are just as vulnerable to messy implosions as their romantic counterparts. —Anne Marie Cruz, ESPN, 7 Feb. 2000
- … before concluding that your PC is for work and not pleasure, try hooking up a couple of first-rate speakers and then planting yourself in the platonic ideal of the chair. —Fortune, Summer 1998
They had a platonic friendship, not a romantic one.
Our relationship was strictly platonic.
Recent Examples of platonic from the Web
For months, Dylan avoided girls — even platonic friends.
Their relationship was platonic in the movie, which felt like a misstep for a film so dedicated to giving black women their full due.
Open and honest dialogue can benefit any relationship, whether romantic or platonic.
While Trail and Madson likely knew each other as acquaintances, there’s no evidence that their relationship was anything other than platonic.
Yes, this was the era when people met at work and relationships were a blur of the personal and the professional, which God knows is the truth about Radner and Zweibel, even if their deeply complicated relationship remained physically platonic.
But thanks to some 2018 magic, Reinhart and Sprouse have been spotted on vacation together in Hawaii, and their relationship definitely looks more than platonic.
The film stars two platonic friends named Kevin and Gina, whose relationship takes a turn for the romantic when Kevin creates an online dating profile in an attempt to win her heart.
Items: Is Fashion Modern? avoids both the worn garment and the platonic concept of garment design, landing at a weird and uninspiring place in the middle, hanging lifeless like a dress on a mannequin.
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Two Meanings of platonic
The two most common senses of platonic come from the same source, yet are different enough in meaning that it is rather important to distinguish between them. The original sense relates to the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, or to his philosophy. It will always be capitalized. A secondary meaning that also stems from the name of the philosopher describes feelings or a relationship that are characterized by an absence of romance or sex (a platonic relationship in this sense might simply be called a friendship). This sense alludes to Plato’s belief that love between people could be so strong as to transcend physical attachments.
Origin and Etymology of platonic
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PLATONIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of platonic for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or having a close relationship in which there is no romance or sex
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