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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.
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(fɪlˈhɛliːn) or


1. a lover of Greece and Greek culture
2. (Historical Terms) European history a supporter of the cause of Greek national independence
philhellenic adj
philhellenism n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.philhellene - an admirer of Greece and everything Greek
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
Adj.1.philhellene - characterized by a love of Greece and Grecian things; "the Philhellenic Society"
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References in classic literature ?
There is still ever some admirable person in plain clothes, standing on the wharf, who jumps in to rescue a drowning man; there is still some absurd inventor of charities; some guide and comforter of runaway slaves; some friend of Poland; some Philhellene; some fanatic who plants shade-trees for the second and third generation, and orchards when he is grown old; some well-concealed piety; some just man happy in an ill fame; some youth ashamed of the favors of fortune and impatiently casting them on other shoulders.
As a result, the British foreign secretary, Lord Palmerston, previously known as a philhellene and a supporter of the Greek War of Independence (1828-29), ordered the Royal Navy into the Aegean, authorising the seizure of Greek ships and property.
Stereotypes including 'Terrible Turk' or 'Unspeakable Turk' are original contributions of Philhellene and Armenophil American missionaries to the English lexicon whose missionary schools and facilities in Ottoman lands reached significant numbers by the end of the nineteenth century.
Selon lui, [beaucoup moins que] meme si Massinissa etait un amoureux de la culture romaine et un philhellene, cela ne l'avait pas empeche de s'interesser a differents aspects de la culture punique [beaucoup plus grand que].
If nobody else will, let me, a self-confessed philhellene, stand up and say the Greeks have taken enough punishment.
"Shakespeare and Philhellene Erotic Romance." European Erotic Romance: Philhellene Protestantism, Renaissance Translation and English Literary Politics.
She has been disturbed while declaiming 'the trumpet call of the martyred patriot, Rhegas of Velustino [sic] (7) by the British philhellene Gerard Lowe.
"By combining the support and expertise of the global Diaspora and Philhellene community - the Hellenic Initiative will provide immediate and vital support in ensuring the prosperity of established and new organizations, and more importantly, encourage ongoing education, entrepreneurism and investment that will provide a sustainable foundation for the country's future," Liveris said in a statement.
Juncker is a great Philhellene [friend of Greece]," Venizelos said.
Juncker is a great Philhellene (friend of Greece)," Venizelos said.