platonic love


often capitalized P
: love conceived by Plato as ascending from passion for the individual to contemplation of the universal and ideal
: a close relationship between two persons in which sexual desire is nonexistent or has been suppressed or sublimated

Examples of platonic love in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also romantic love, familial love, platonic love. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 Typically celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 13, the unofficial holiday encourages women to get together and celebrate platonic love and the power of friendship. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Feb. 2024 For Taylor and Spencer, Ma was also a labor of platonic love: The duo rose through the ranks of the industry together and even recruited their longtime friend, Allison Janney, for a cameo in the cult hit. Joey Nolfi,, 11 June 2023 The campaign celebrates love in its many forms from sisterly love, the love of a mother and child, platonic love, or romantically, everyone needs and desires to be loved. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 Their voices shined and the weight of platonic love took the story and performance to new heights. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023 For the holiday, the star and a group of friends got together in matching robes, boas and heart headbands to celebrate their friendships and platonic love. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 10 May 2023 There’s yet another platonic love triangle between women in Daisy Jones: the relationship between disco star Simone, her secret lover Bernie (Ayesha Harris), and Daisy. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 24 Mar. 2023 While Dramione may live on in another universe, the endearing crushes and platonic love between the two is still magical. Vulture, 1 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of platonic love was in 1631

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“Platonic love.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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