philo, phil, phila & phile



These ROOT-WORDS are PHIL, PHILA, PHILO & PHILE which mean LOVE. It comes from the Greek philos which means loving. There are a great many words with this root since there are many things to love. This list gives you a good sampling; man, the arts both creative and practical, self, others, learning, wisdom, even the humble plant which wants nothing more than a tree to climb on. Truly PHIL makes the world go round! PHILO gets you to your places.


1. Philadelphy : PHIL adelphy (fil a del’ fi) n.

Love for all men as brothers


2. Philanderer : PHIL anderer (fi lan’ der er) n.

A male flirt


3. Philanthropist : PHIL anthropist (fi lan’ thro pist) n.

A lover of mankind; a generous giver to human welfare


4. Philatelist : PHIL atelist (fi lat’ el ist) n.

A stamp collector


5. Philathea : PHILA thea (fi lay’ thee a) n.

An international organization of Bible classes for women


6. Philematology : PHILE matology (fi lee ma tol’ o ji) n.

The science of kissing


7. Philharmonic : PHIL harmonic (fil har mon’ ik) adj.

Relating to an organization concerned with music


8. Philhippic : PHIL hippic (fil hip’ ik) adj.

Loving horses


9. Philodemic : PHIL odemic (fil o dem’ ic) adj.

Loving the people


10. Philodendron : PHIL odendron (fil o den’ dron) n.

A climbing green-leaved plant that is cultivated because of its beautiful leaves



11. Philosophy : PHIL osophy (fi los’ o fee) n.

Love of wisdom; pursuit of wisdom


12. Philodox : PHILO dox (fil’ o doks) n.

One who loves the opinions he himself holds


13. Philogeant : PHIL ogeant (fil o jee’ ant) n.

A lover of all good things


14. Philogynist : PHIL ogynist (fi loj’ i nist) n.

One who is fond of women


15. Phiologist : PHIL ologist (fi lol’ o jist) n.

A student, scholar, and lover of languages


16. Philomath : PHILO math (fil’ o math) n.

A lover of learning


17. Philomuse : PHILO muse (fil’ o muze) n.

A lover of poetry and the arts


18. Philotechnist : PHILO technist (fil o tek’ nist) n.

A lover of the practical arts


19. Philotheism : PHILO theism (fil’ o thee iz um) n.

Love of God


20. Philter : PHIL ter (fil’ ter) n.

A love potion

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