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Philo Words: “pagophilous” to “philogynist”,
Part 7 of 10

Words that include: philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic,
-philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism
(Greek: love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to, strong tendency toward, affinity for).

pagophilous, pagophile, pagophily:
In biology, thriving in foothills.
paniphilous, paniphile, paniphily:
A fondness for bread.
Love play. In medicine, sexual practices that are socially prohibited or undesirable.
A preoccupation with unusual or abnormal sexual practices; sexual deviation; sexual perversion; characterized by sexual arousal to unconventional stimuli that are not considered to be part of normal sexual arousal patterns.

Men appear to be more frequently affected, perhaps twice as many as women, and some paraphilias (that is, exhibitionism, fetishism, and voyeurism) are almost exclusively male disorders. In general, the paraphilias are as unresponsive to treatment as they are to punishment or incarceration.

Among the paraphilias are exhibitionism; fetishism; frotteurism; pedophilia; sexual masochism; sexual sadism; voyeurism; transvestic fetishism; telephone scatologia; necrophilia; partialism; zoophilia; klismaphilia; and urophilia.

pediophilous, pediophile, pediophily:
In biology, dwelling and thriving in uplands.
pelagophilous, pelagophile, pelagophily:
In biology, thriving in the open surface waters of the sea.
pelochthophilous, pelochthophile, pelochthophily:
In biology, dwelling and thriving on mud-banks.
pelophilous, pelophile, pelophily:
In biology, thriving in habitats rich in clay; a plant growing in mud or clay.
A collector of pewterware.
A collector of old guns.
A collector of transport tickets.
A collector of or a fondness for collecting pigeons. A love of pigeons.
petrochthophilous, petrochthophile, petrochthophily:
In biology, thriving on rock-banks.
petrodophilous, petrodophile, petrodophily:
In biology, thriving in fields of boulders or stones.
petrophilous, petrophile, petrophily:
In biology, thriving on rocks or in rocky habitats.
phantasophilist, phantasophily:
A collector of surrealist items; such as, things that are unusual or which are seemingly impossible as we know them in natural situations.
In biology, dwelling in stony fields.
phengophilous, phengophile, phengophily:
In biology, thriving in, or having an affinity for, light.
1. “Brotherly love”.
2. An ancient city of Asia Minor northeast of the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan. The chief city of the Ammonites, it was enlarged and embellished by Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.) and named in honor of him. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is now on the site.
3. The largest city of Pennsylvania, in the southeast part of the state on the Delaware River. It was founded as a Quaker colony by William Penn in 1681 on the site of an earlier Swedish settlement. The First and Second Continental Congresses (1774 and 1775-1776) and the Constitutional Convention (1787) met in the city, which served as the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800.
—Based on information from
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language,
3rd ed., Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 1992.

One who loves to forget.
A lover of or a fondness for truth.
philander, philanderer:
1. To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry.
2. To engage in many love affairs, especially with a frivolous or casual attitude.
3. Philanderer actually means “a lover of men” or of “one’s husband,” but a mistake was made in the adoption from the Greek and a different meaning was applied (according to David Muschell in his book Where in the Word?).
One who has a strong love or fondness for men (not mankind, men!).
philanthropic, philanthropical, philanthropically:
1. Of, relating to, or marked by philanthropy; humanitarian.
2. Organized to provide humanitarian or charitable assistance: a philanthropic society.
philanthropy, philanthropies, philanthropist:
1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
2. Love of humankind in general.
3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare.
4. A philanthropist “loves” all mankind. The word is usually used to apply to a benefactor who provides financial or other material support to help people.
philately, philatelic, philatelist, philatelic:
The collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials; stamp collecting.

When a French stamp-collector, Monsieur Herpin, looked for an impressive-scholarly name for his hobby, he was hampered by the fact that the Greeks and Romans never had postage stamps; therefore, there was no classical term for them. He had the idea of going back before stamps to the days of franking with a post-mark. In France, such letters were stamped franc de port (carriage free) and the nearest he could get to the Greek equivalent was ateles (free of charge), a compound formed from a-, “not” and telos, “payment”. Using the Greek prefix phil-, he created philatelie, which made its first appearance in English in 1865.

Based on information from the
Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto.

Self-love; selfishness.
Sexual excitement derived from or as a result of kissing.
A strong fondness for kissing or the art of kissing.
An abnormal fear of kissing.
A woman who dislikes kissing.
Greek Mythology. A poor elderly man who, with his wife Baucis, treated the disguised Zeus so hospitably that as a reward their humble cottage was transformed into a magnificent temple.
philharmonic, philharmonia:
1. Devoted to or appreciative of music.
2. Relating to a symphony orchestra.
A love of Greece, the Greeks, or things related to Greece.
A fondness for horses.
A term used for one interested in the study of medicine; a medical student.
phillumenist, phillumeny:
One who collects matchbooks or matchboxes or the collection of matchbooks.
philobiblist, philobiblism:
One who is particularly fond of books; a devoted book collector.
One who loves beauty or beautiful things.
A reference to the caring of hair.
One who loves dice games.
A fondness, love, or concern for people in general.
philodendron, philodendra:
Any of various climbing tropical American plants of the genus Philodendron, many of which are cultivated as houseplants. [From Greek, neuter of philodendros, fond of trees (from the fact that in its tropical American habitat it twines around trees)].
One who loves tyranny.
philodox, philodoxer:
One who is especially fond of his/her own opinions or someone who loves to hear herself/himself talk; a chatterbox; a dogmatist.
philogastric, philogastrist:
A reference to one who is greedy or who is in overly fond of filling his stomach.
A lover of the earth; therefore, someone who appreciates the good things of the world.
One who collects autographs; serious autograph collectors.
A fondness for collecting autographs or the practice of collecting autographs.
One who has a special love for women.