PRONUNCIATION: (pluh-TON-ik, play-)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to Plato or his ideas.
2. Relating to a love free of sensual desire.
3. Confined to words or theories, and not leading to action.

ETYMOLOGY: After Greek philosopher Plato (c. 400 BCE). Earliest documented use: 1533.


PELATONIC - undistinguished, lost amidst the throngs of the mediocre; see pelaton as used by bicyclists

PLUTONIC - the ultimate loss of status, as in being demoted from the smallest and slowest and coldest of a set of nine, to being thrown out of the group entirely...