platonic love

noun, often capitalized P

Definition of platonic love

1 : love conceived by Plato as ascending from passion for the individual to contemplation of the universal and ideal
2 : 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 The concept of platonic love comes directly from director Nikole Beckwith's experiences with deep friendship. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 In 1925 Kansas, a teenage girl suffers an emotional breakdown following a platonic love affair. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 The platonic love that develops between these two men does become critical later in the story, as their situation becomes more desperate. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 19 Mar. 2021 Katherine Heigl of rom-com royalty is back, only this new show is more about a platonic love story. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 Oct. 2020 In the visuals for the single (written and directed by Alisa) the band opts to highlight the platonic love between the bandmates over the standard romance story. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 24 Mar. 2020 From a flight over Heart Reef in Australia to floral arbors resembling you-know-whats in Dubai, these spots could inspire passion, platonic love, or at least some heart-worthy Instagram photos. National Geographic, 13 Feb. 2020 But not in Estonia and Finland, two tiny European countries where Feb. 14 is Friend’s Day, a celebration of platonic love. Mélissa Godin, Time, 12 Feb. 2020 Several episodes explore platonic love, and a few toe the line between friendship and romance. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of platonic love

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Platonic love.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/platonic%20love. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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