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  • n. parental affection; the instinctive affection which animals have for their young

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Parental affection; the instinctive affection which animals have for their young.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The strong instinctive affection of animals for their young; hence, the attachment of parents for children, or of children for parents; parental or filial love.


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From Ancient Greek στοργή (storgē, "love, affection").


  • The word storge was the kind of love you feel for the old pair of house shoes that your wife wants to throw away but you want to keep.

    Swan’s Soup & Salad

  • And she was his daughter, who therefore inspired the love in him known as storge.

    The Poet Prince

  • Storge—“Affection” in Greek, storge is a pure love that is full of tenderness, caring, and empathy.


  • The natural affection of parents, called storge by the Greeks, is no more of a moral nature than the same affection in inferior animals.

    Outlines of Moral Science.

  • Is this curious kind of storge produced by mechanic attraction, or by the sensation of love?

    Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin

  • Another major aspect of love is expressed through the Greek word is storge, generally translated as affection, or affinity between family members or friends, people who find themselves spending much time with each other with whom each becomes familiar.

    Mitchell J. Rabin: The Ways of Love

  • While storge can develop a deep level of intimacy, it generally lacks passion.

    Leslie Davenport: The Health Benefits of Love: A Meditation for Deepening Connections

  • I protest I could have knelt before her too, and adored in her the Divine beneficence in endowing us with the maternal storge, which began with our race and sanctifies the history of mankind.

    The History of Pendennis

  • The Greeks established very clear distinctions between these diverse natures of philia or eros, on the one hand, and, on the other, agapē or disinterested affection (a term with a promising future in Christianity), storge or tenderness, eunoia or good will, charis or the love of gratitude.


  • But it often happens that the woman, unless she have a loathing for her violator, becomes infected with the amorous storge, relaxes her defense, feels pleasure in the outer contact of the parts and almost insensibly allows penetration and emission.

    Arabian nights. English


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