Neo·​pla·​to·​nism ˌnē-ō-ˈplā-tə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Neoplatonism (audio)
: Platonism modified in later antiquity to accord with Aristotelian, post-Aristotelian, and eastern conceptions that conceives of the world as an emanation from an ultimate indivisible being with whom the soul is capable of being reunited in trance or ecstasy
: a doctrine similar to ancient Neoplatonism
Neoplatonic adjective
Neoplatonist noun

Word History


neo- + platonism, after German Neuplatonismus

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Neoplatonism was in 1832

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“Neoplatonism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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