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1734, from Latin philanthropos, from Greek philanthropos "loving mankind" (see philanthropy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • With all this, he had a goodness of nature and disposition in so great a degree that he may be deservedly styled a philanthrope.

    Atrocious Judges John Campbell, Baron Campbell
  • philanthrope is a peach: his manner all velvet and bloom, his words sweet juice, his heart of hearts a stone.

    White Lies Charles Reade

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