metaphysical[met′ə fiz′i kəl]
- 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 of metaphysicalMedieval Latin metaphysicalis
- Of or relating to metaphysics.
- Based on speculative or abstract reasoning.
- Immaterial or supernatural: angels and other metaphysical beings.
- 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 of metaphysicalMiddle English metaphisicalle, from Medieval Latin metaphysicālis, from metaphysica, metaphysics; see metaphysics.
Grammatically derived from "metaphysics"