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The collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials; stamp collecting.

[French philatélie : Greek phil-, philo-, philo- + Greek ateleia, exemption from payment (because a postage stamp indicates prepayment of postage) (a-, without; see a-1 + telos, tax, charge; see telə- in Indo-European roots).]

phil′a·tel′ic (fĭl′ə-tĕl′ĭk), phil′a·tel′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
phil′a·tel′i·cal·ly adv.
phi·lat′e·list n.
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Adj.1.philatelical - of or relating to philately or of interest to philatelists
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Parodi's philatelical interests appear not infrequently across his correspondence.
The astounding thing is that, as the century comes to an end in decadence, as centuries do, fiction is still being judged by incongruous standards: it should confront us with "lovable" characters; its prose had best be clipped and lean and clean, like Himmler's greyhounds; and whodunits have to be scrutinized with almost philatelical seriousness (thrillers too) while the outstanding fiction of the century gathers dust.