metaphysical: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (met"u-fiz'i-kul), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
    1. concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth.
    2. concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
  2. highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
  3. designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose characteristic style is highly intellectual and philosophical and features intensive use of ingenious conceits and turns of wit.
  4. imaginary or fanciful.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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