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 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,, "The Aces’ “Daydream” Will Make It Feel Like Spring Again," 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, "Fall in love with 10 heart-shaped places around the world," 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, "Why Valentine's Day in These European Countries Is All About Friendship," 12 Feb. 2020 Several episodes explore platonic love, and a few toe the line between friendship and romance. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Modern Love Has Nothing New to Say About Modern Love," 23 Oct. 2019 Schrager casts his relationship with Rubell as a sort of platonic love affair. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Matt Tyrnauer’s New Documentary, Studio 54, Takes On the Rise, Fall, and Last Days of Disco," 4 Oct. 2018 This fun, sweet novel beautifully captures the power of romantic and platonic love alike. Emily Ables, Seventeen, "I Read Pretty Much Every YA Book in 2016 and These Are Definitely the 10 Best," 28 Dec. 2016 Well, the platonic love between longtime ice dancing partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, anyway. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's Platonic Relationship Can't Stop the Internet From Celebrating Valentine's Day on Their Behalf," 14 Feb. 2018 Smith's comedy sheds a light on the complications of romance and platonic love, and how dangerous mixing the two can be. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "The 15 Best Rom-Coms (for People Who Hate Rom-Coms)," 8 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of platonic love

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Platonic love.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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