Definition of Platonic in English:

Platonic

Line breaks: Pla|ton¦ic
Pronunciation: /pləˈtɒnɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or associated with the Greek philosopher Plato or his ideas: readers of the Platonic dialogues a kind of Platonic ideal of a New York City apartment
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    • An authoritarian response would be to delegate power to a paternalistic dictator, a Platonic philosopher king.
    • I think that Greek Tragedy and the Platonic dialogues are positively riddled with irony.
    • Garbo's face, still, white, perfect, like a mask, resembles the timeless Platonic ideal of beauty as it exists in the mind of God.
  • 2Confined to words, theories, or ideals, and not leading to practical action: a Platonic gesture
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    • An anti-capitalist movement must be equal to this, otherwise it will not be effective, unless of course you intend your movement to be merely Platonic.
    • It would be more useful if our West European partners' position was less platonic and if they made a more energetic and persistent effort to pound it into the Americans.
    • An eminent diplomatic commentator wrote that the action taken by France in response to atomic tests by South Africa would not be purely platonic.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek Platōnikos, from Platōn 'Plato'. See also platonic.

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