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
Situationship: noun, A relationship that's not quite a romantic relationship but is definitely more than a platonic friendship.
In 1968, just six percent of people 18 through 31 lived with platonic roommates, according to Pew Research.
This game was no closer to the platonic ideal of what baseball should be.
The source added that the split did not come about as a result of Selena's starting up a platonic relationship with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.
Though the two began the season insisting their relationship was platonic, their attitudes changed after Maltby decided to depart Paradise in pursuit of a career opportunity in Africa.
Any version of Rihanna is bound to take best costume of the night, but all stans know, the platonic ideal is her looking bougie walking out of any establishment with wine glass in hand.
In the end, Lili thinks Barchie has a deep connection that's purely platonic.
The de facto man of the house is played by Willem Dafoe, the motel handyman who — in a platonic and often comical sense — functions as everybody’s husband, dad, badass uncle.
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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.
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