Neoplatonism

Neoplatonism

[nee-oh-pleyt-n-iz-uhm]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
a philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Oriental mysticism, with later influences from Christianity. It holds that all existence consists of emanations from the One with whom the soul may be reunited.

Origin:
1835–45; neo- + Platonism

Neoplatonic [nee-oh-pluh-ton-ik] , adjective
Neoplatonist, noun
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Neo-Platonism or Neoplatonism (ˌniːəʊˈpleɪtəˌnɪzəm)
 
n
a philosophical system which was first developed in the 3rd century ad as a synthesis of Platonic, Pythagorean, and Aristotelian elements, and which, although originally opposed to Christianity, later incorporated it. It dominated European thought until the 13th century and re-emerged during the Renaissance
 
Neoplatonism or Neoplatonism
 
n
 
Neo-Platonic or Neoplatonism
 
adj
 
Neo-'Platonist or Neoplatonism
 
n, —adj

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Neoplatonism
1845, a philosophical and religious system mixing Platonic ideas and oriental mysticism, originating 3c. at Alexandria, especially in writings of Plotinus, Porphyry, and Proclus. Neoplatonian is attested from 1831.
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