from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A love of books.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Love of books.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Love of books.


Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)


  • I apologize for the term here, but bibliophilism was too broad.

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  • Ah, well, there are worse vices than Dew and bibliophilism, no?


  • He made gentle small talk with Aunt Emily, listened knowledgeably to her father's bibliophilism, reminded her that they had a busy day on the morrow, and took his leave.

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  • And his rusty coat smells musty; while in characterizing the natural impulses of true bibliophilism, he says that

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  • The ardor of possessing books, commonly called bibliomania, also styled bibliophilism and "biblio" -- whatever else that has suggested itself to the fruitful imaginations of dozens of felicitous writers upon the subject, -- is described by Dibdin as a "disease which grows with our growth, and strengthens with our strength."

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  • Many of the most delightful persons, well read and competent to discourse intelligently upon the merits of books and authors, have never experienced a single pulsation of true bibliophilism; they have never known the joy of possessing and admiring a beautiful book, and that the attachment one bears for such a treasure is wholly reciprocal.

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  • They have committed the 'unpardonable sin' of bibliophilism.

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  • Rational treatment may cure a bibliomaniac and bring him (or her) back into the congenial folds of bibliophilism, unless, perchance, the victim has passed beyond the curative stages into the vast and dreamy realms of extra-illustrating, or "grangerizing."

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  • The alluring influences of bibliophilism, or book-loving, have silently crept into thousands of homes, whether beautiful or humble; for the library is properly regarded as one of the most important features of home as well as mental equipment.

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