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
Similarly, fans have been annoyed that Albus and Scorpius’ relationship is strictly platonic, instead of a story of first love, as their bond feels so much closer than that of good friends.
Two romantic comedies with similar star power (Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher versus Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) regurgitating the exact same plot (mostly-platonic friends who sleep together) coming out in the exact same year (2011).
Natalie Portman has been vegan for almost a decade, and most of that time has been spent trying to find her platonic ideal of vegan ice cream.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has called it the platonic ideal of computer interfaces.
For a generation of wannabe Manhattanites, Carrie’s life was a kind of Gatsby-esque platonic ideal.
Her way to cope and resolve those issues was the creation of a meet-up platonic group that wasn’t centered on a single specific activity, like biking or hiking.
When D’Epagnier later visited him in Amsterdam, the reunion was platonic and not much fun.
Leo Your focus this month is on relationships—romantic and platonic both.
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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.
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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