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Meaning of PLATONIC

Pronunciation:  plu`tânik, plu'tânik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  free from physical desire; "platonic love"
  2. [adj]  of or relating to or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy; "Platonic dialogues"

PLATONIC is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: passionless



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pla*ton"ic\, Platonical \Pla*ton"ic*al\, a. [L.
    Platonicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. platonique.]
    1. Of or pertaining to Plato, or his philosophy, school, or
    2. Pure, passionless; nonsexual; philosophical.
    {Platonic bodies}, the five regular geometrical solids;
       namely, the tetrahedron, hexahedron or cube, octahedron,
       dodecahedron, and icosahedron.
    {Platonic love}, a pure, spiritual affection, subsisting
       between persons of opposite sex, unmixed with carnal
       desires, and regarding the mind only and its excellences;
       -- a species of love for which Plato was a warm advocate.
    {Platonic year} (Astron.), a period of time determined by the
       revolution of the equinoxes, or the space of time in which
       the stars and constellations return to their former places
       in respect to the equinoxes; -- called also {great year}.
       This revolution, which is caused by the precession of the
       equinoxes, is accomplished in about 26,000 years.
  2. \Pla*ton"ic\, n.
    A follower of Plato; a Platonist.
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