Platonically



[pluh-ton-ik, pley-] /pləˈtɒn ɪk, pleɪ-/

adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of or his doctrines:
the Platonic philosophy of ideal forms.
2.
pertaining to, involving, or characterized by as a striving toward love of spiritual or ideal beauty.
3.
(usually lowercase) purely spiritual; free from sensual desire, especially in a relationship between two persons of the opposite sex.
4.
(usually lowercase) feeling or professing platonic love:
He insisted that he was completely platonic in his admiration.
/pləˈtɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Plato or his teachings
2.
(often not capital) free from physical desire: Platonic love
adj.

1530s, “of or pertaining to Greek philosopher Plato” (429 B.C.E.-c.347 B.C.E.), from Latin Platonicus, from Greek Platonikos. The name is Greek Platon, properly “broad-shouldered” (from platys “broad;” see plaice (n.)). His original name was Aristocles. The meaning “love free of sensual desire” (1630s), which the word usually carries nowadays, is a Renaissance notion; it is based on Plato’s writings in “Symposium” about the kind of interest Socrates took in young men, which originally had no reference to women. Related: Platonically.

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