philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism

(Greek: love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to; strong tendency toward, affinity for)

These are just a few of the meanings set up for the etymological meanings of philo- which comes to us from Greek.

In biology, there are many words that use philo-, phil- to mean "thriving in such and such a place or situation; or exhibiting a tendency for a specified condition" for its existence.

Other meanings include: "strongly attracted to; such as, an organism that loves or is strongly attracted to something which is specified".

In psychology and psychiatry, -phile, -philia, etc. use this element as a word termination indicating an abnormal craving or attraction to or an affinity for an object as shown by the word stems to which they are affixed.

philogastric
Characterized by anyone who is greedy, or who is overly fond of just filling his stomach regardless of the results of such actions.
philogastrist
Someone who is greedy, or who is overly fond of filling his stomach.
philogeant
A lover of the earth; therefore, someone who appreciates the good things of the world.
philographer (s) (noun), philographers (pl)
A person or those who have a fondness or strong desire to collect autographs: "Philographers are usually serious autograph collectors."
philography
A fondness for collecting autographs or the practice of collecting autographs.
philogynist
One who has a special love or fondness for women.
philogynous
1. A special fondness or love of women.
2. Fondness for or devotion to a woman or women
philogyny
philokleptic, philocleptic (adjective); more philokleptic, more philocleptic; most philokleptic, most philocleptic
Relating to having a fondness for, or an attraction to, opportunities to obtain items without paying for them.
philologaster
1. A petty or contemptible philologist.
2. An incompetent philologist.
3. A dabbler in philology.
4. A petty or blundering philology.
philologastry
philologist
1. Someone who studies of written records, especially literary texts, in order to determine their authenticity, meaning, etc.
2. Originally, a person who loves learning and literature; by studying, and via scholarship.
philology
philomath (s) (noun), philomaths (pl)
1. A lover of learning; specifically, a devotee of mathematics and science.
2. Devotion to learning, a fondness for learning.
philomathematic
A devotee and "lover" of learning and scholarship; a scholar.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.