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 (fĭl-hĕl′ēn′) also phil·hel·len·ist (-hĕl′ə-nĭst)
One who admires Greece or the Greeks.

[Greek philellēn : phil-, philo-, philo- + Hellēn, Greek.]

phil′hel·len′ic (fĭl′hĕ-lĕn′ĭk) adj.
phil·hel′len·ism n.


a habit of friendship or support for the Greeks. — Philhellenist, n.Philhellenic, adj.
See also: Greece and Greeks
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Noun1.philhellenism - admiration for Greece and the Greeks and Greek customs
admiration, esteem - a feeling of delighted approval and liking
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42) The double names, Hebrew and Greek, of the rulers of the Maccabean dynasty, from the generation of John Hyrcanus (134-104 BCE) down, as well as the nickname adopted by Judah Aristobulus I (104-103 BCE) - philhellen, "lover of Greeks"-are further evidence of the forces pulling in the direction of accommodation with the outside world.