Intimate but non-sexual affection.
Origin: Attested 1636 in Platonic Lovers by . Earlier coined in in the 15th century as amor platonicus by Florentine scholar (originally in 1476 letter to Alamanno Donati, later expounded in (1484)), based on his interpretation of the Symposium by , specifically the speech by , relating the thoughts of .
Platonic love is a type of love that is chaste and non-sexual. The term is named after Plato, who philosophised about the nature of love. Platonic love in this original sense of the term is examined in Plato's dialogue the Symposium, which has as its topic the subject of love or Eros generally. It explains the possibilities of how the feeling of love began, and how it has evolved — both sexually and non-sexually. Of particular importance is the speech of Socrates, relating the ideas attributed to the prophetess Diotima, which present love as a means of ascent to contemplation of the divine. For Diotima, and for Plato generally, the most correct use of love of other human beings is to direct one's mind to love of divinity. In short, with genuine platonic love, the beautiful or lovely other person inspires the mind and the soul and directs one's attention to spiritual things. Socrates, in Plato's "Symposium", explained two types of love or Eros — Vulgar Eros or earthly love and Divine Eros or divine love. Vulgar Eros is nothing but mere material attraction towards a beautiful body for physical pleasure and reproduction. Divine Eros begins the journey from physical attraction i.e. attraction towards beautiful form or body but transcends gradually to love for Supreme Beauty. This concept of Divine Eros is later transformed into the term Platonic love.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
love between persons of different sexes, in which as being love of soul for soul no sexual passion intermingles; is so named agreeably to the doctrine of Plato, that a man finds his highest happiness when he falls in with another who is his soul's counterpart or complement.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The only kind that is blind. It never knows where it is going to fetch up.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
An arrangement in which a man and woman attempt a correct imitation of a pair of icicles--and never succeed.
The numerical value of platonic love in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of platonic love in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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