Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.

concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth.
concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.

highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose characteristic style is highly intellectual and philosophical and features intensive use of ingenious conceits and turns of wit.
Archaic. imaginary or fanciful.
Historical Examples

Observe the manœuvre in the last line by which you knaves of the anti-metaphysical school are outwitted.
James Frederick Ferrier Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane

relating to or concerned with metaphysics
(of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless
(popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical
incorporeal; supernatural
denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
a poet of this group

early 15c., “pertaining to metaphysics,” from methaphesik (late 14c.) + -al, and in part from Medieval Latin metaphysicalis, from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). It came to be used in the sense of “abstract, speculative” (e.g. by Johnson, who applied it to certain 17c. poets, notably Donne and Cowley, who used “witty conceits” and abstruse imagery). Related: Metaphysically.


Read Also:

  • Anti-miscegenation

    marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a black person and a white person: In 1968 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state laws prohibiting miscegenation were unconstitutional. sexual relations between two people from different racial backgrounds that results in the conception of a mixed-race child. Contemporary […]

  • Antimitotic

    of or relating to certain substances capable of arresting the process of cell division. any such substance, as certain drugs used to destroy cancer cells.

  • Modernize

    to make ; give a new or character or appearance to: to modernize one’s ideas; to modernize a kitchen. to become ; adopt ways, views, etc. Contemporary Examples Some, Rand Paul and others, talk a little in general terms about how the party needs to “change” and “modernize.” You’re in Denial if You Think Steve […]

  • Anti-monarchical

    of, like, or pertaining to a or . characterized by or favoring . Historical Examples There he learnt the anti-monarchical turn which things had taken in France. A Short History of French Literature George Saintsbury The leanings and connexions of the family were Puritan and anti-monarchical. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7 Various […]

Disclaimer: Anti-metaphysical definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.