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-phile(word root) love
Examples of words with the root -phile: pedophile
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1. One that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for: audiophile.
2. Loving; having a strong affinity or preference for: Francophile.
[New Latin -philus, from Greek -philos, beloved, dear, from philos, beloved, loving.]
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n combining form
indicating a person or thing having a fondness or preference for something specified: bibliophile; Francophile.
[from Greek philos loving]
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a combining form meaning “lover of, enthusiast for (a given object)” (bibliophile; Francophile), “person sexually attracted to or obsessively interested in (a given object)” (pedophile), “organism having an affinity for (a given thing)” (siderophile); used also as a synonym of -philic (lyophile).
[< Latin -philus, -phila < Greek -philos dear]
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