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.
And I hope circumstances let him be a metaphysical again someday soon.
Pakistan’s Fictional Peace Olivia Cole January 25, 2010
It hinges on the assumption that the Vatican or its metaphysical emanation, the Holy See, is a state.
Prosecute the Pope Geoffrey Robertson March 31, 2010
The green line has no metaphysical status; Israel has legally defined borders only insofar as we make hard distinctions.
@PhantomState Raphael Magarik June 11, 2012
He left the U.S., seeking a spiritual and metaphysical connection for his work elsewhere.
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Things get metaphysical in one of the most masterful hours of television since ‘Breaking Bad.’
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He sought no further in metaphysical systems; he desired no further insight.
The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I do not mean to say that they did this with any occult or metaphysical motives.
Modern Painters Volume II (of V) John Ruskin
Fate and metaphysical aid conspire against his virtue and his loyalty.
Hazlitt on English Literature Jacob Zeitlin
These three stages are the Theological, the metaphysical, and the Positive.
Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3) John Morley
The most remarkable feature of the character of the Persian people is their love of metaphysical speculation.
The Development of Metaphysics in Persia Muhammad Iqbal
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
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.
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