American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Having a strong affinity or preference for; loving: philoprogenitive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An element in many words of Greek origin or formation, representing a verb meaning ‘to love.’ See etymology, and words following. It is opposed to miso-, as in
misogynist, etc. Before a vowel or h it becomes Phil-, as in Phil-American, Philhellenic, etc. It occurs terminally (Latin -philus, Greek - φιλος, properly passive) in bibliophile, Russophile, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A combining form from Gr. fi`los
loving, fond of, attached to.
- Greek, from philos, beloved, loving. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Her question pleased him greatly and he gave her a marked copy, annotated with the chapters she should skim and those she should skip altogether, in order to provide her with an appropriate grounding in political philo- sophy, sociology and economics.”
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