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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.


(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
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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By contrast she was tall, internationalist, and a philhellene.
If nobody else will, let me, a self-confessed philhellene, stand up and say the Greeks have taken enough punishment.
The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit and non-governmental institution, whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and the philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:
Antony, who studied as a young man in Athens, remained a Philhellene for his entire life.
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.
The Delphic Festivals organized by the poet Angelos Sikelianos (1884-1951) (31) and his philhellene wife Eva Palmer-Sikelianou (1874-1952) in 1927 and 1930 precipitated the systematic use of ancient Greek theaters and the establishment of ancient drama festivals outside Athens.
Liz Potter discusses George Finlay, Philhellene and considered the founding father of the BSA, who first came to Greece at the time of Lord Byron and later returned to spend the rest of his life in the country.
Philhellene art was a tangible expression of this, and Philhellene propaganda significantly influenced public opinion in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in various ways, from helping fund the war effort through to persuading individuals to take up arms.
The first chapter focuses on the Greek foundations of Rome's culture; the author clearly spells out his underlying philhellene assumptions.