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Definition a loving relationship or feeling that does not have a sexual aspect
  • She describes her love for him as platonic.
platonic = not having a sexual aspect
  • He formed a platonic friendship with a lady some years older than himself, who lived in Kensington Square; and nearly every afternoon he drank tea with her by the light of shaded candles,
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I think the poet desired to embody in this one picture the whole spirit of medieval chivalry and the platonic love of a pure and high-souled knight.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Platonic dialogues
  • ...You mustn't misunderstand, Jake, it was absolutely platonic with the secretary.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • platonic = loving, but not sexual
  • And wasn't it platonic for everyone else?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • "Perhaps they loved one another platonically," he said to himself.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It held its little wobbly head up on its shoulders-it didn't seem to have a neck-and observed me with a wise, Platonic expression.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • The first of the Platonic Dialogues assigned is the Gorgias, and Phaedrus has a sense of having arrived.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But same time, I hope you don't suppose this husky young Swede farmer is as innocent and Platonic and all that stuff as you are!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • For irt those days love was ruled by a different convention to ours... In those days it was chivalrous, adult, long, religious, almost platonic.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "Platonic love, clouds...." he muttered.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That all these relationships were absolutely Platonic I would not affirm, and Sir William Joynson Hicks would probably deny.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • The objects of gentle, platonic courtship from older women with gnarled knuckles and indulgent laughs.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But if she won't even see you,—and she won't,—your constancy must remain purely Platonic."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Did you come with me quite—platonically?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • After all, the philosopher endured this sort of platonic marriage very patiently.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The woman of great spirit who admired you platonically, just for your genius, your mills and your Metal!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I think the poet desired to embody in this one picture the whole spirit of medieval chivalry and the platonic love of a pure and high-souled knight.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot

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