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Definition relating to metaphysics (the philosophical study of being and knowing)


relating to beliefs not proven with the scientific method


without material form or substance


highly abstract and overly theoretical

More rarely, metaphysical can reference a 17th-century style of British poetry.
  • RUH-SPIRIT: in Fremen belief, that part of the individual which is always rooted in (and capable of sensing) the metaphysical world.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • What metaphysical rapture could equal it for its substance, its frailty, and its beauty?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It is at once imaginative and metaphysical,—in short, Greek.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • My old friend Ork sat shaking his head in dismay, saying nothing, brooding, no doubt, on the dark metaphysical implications.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The testimony of his contemporaries proclaims—and his life fully confirms—his metaphysical and mystical interests.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • I'm not sure if the question's rhetorical or if she thinks I have a clue to her metaphysical mystery.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I am unversed in the metaphysical, have long become estranged from it, and if this can be so, I believe the metaphysical is as much unversed in me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I am driving and going seventy-two and praying not to get a ticket and playing Metaphysical I Spy.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • But is this interpreter necessarily metaphysical and unembodied?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Not the metaphysical...the ones with the god stones and the sacrifices and all the rest of it!
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • This is extremely abstract and metaphysical, Juan.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • This was very metaphysical; not more so, however, than several observations Madame Merle had already made.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The key to the modern systems of psychological interpretation therefore is this: the metaphysical realm = the unconscious.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Herr Naphta removed guilt and merit from the empirical world to the metaphysical.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He has to metaphysically transport a large mass over a vast distance in a tiny period of time.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Her father liked the metaphysical streak which had unconsciously got into it, so that was allowed to remain though she had her doubts about it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You mean you don't have the comfort of an excuse, a metaphysical excuse.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He said he wanted to 'dismiss all this meaningless nonsense which long has dominated metaphysical thought and brought it into disrepute.'
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • He was a metaphysical puzzle to me.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Hunting was equally a devotion, full of metaphysical concepts veiled from Carol.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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