- The definition of metaphysical is related to the supernatural or to abstract reasoning.
An example of something metaphysical is the belief in angels.
- of, connected with, or having the nature of, metaphysics
- very abstract, abstruse, or subtle: often a derogatory usage
- beyond the physical or material; incorporeal, supernatural, or transcendental
- designating or of the school of early 17th-cent. English poets, including esp. John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, and Abraham Cowley, whose verse is characterized by very subtle, highly intellectualized imagery, sometimes deliberately fantastic and far-fetched
Origin: ML metaphysicalis
- metaphysically adverb
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- Of or relating to metaphysics.
- Based on speculative or abstract reasoning.
- Highly abstract or theoretical; abstruse.
- a. Immaterial; incorporeal. See Synonyms at immaterial.b. Supernatural.
- often Metaphysical Of or relating to the poetry of a group of 17th-century English poets whose verse is characterized by an intellectually challenging style and extended metaphors comparing very dissimilar things.
Origin: Middle English metaphisicalle, from Medieval Latin metaphysicālis, from metaphysica, metaphysics; see metaphysics.
- metˌa·physˈi·cal·ly adverb