- a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “unnatural attraction” (necrophilia), “tendency” (hemophilia); also forming abstract nouns that correspond to adjectives ending in -philic or -philous or nouns ending in -phile.
Origin of -philia
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Examples from the Web for philia
Two female figures, Philia and Metrodora, stand clasping hands.
- indicating a tendency towardshaemophilia
- indicating an abnormal liking fornecrophilia
from Greek philos loving
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Word Origin and History for philia
word-forming element meaning "friendship, fondness, tendency toward," and in recent use "abnormal attraction to," from Greek philia "affection," from philos "loving," of uncertain origin. Related: -philic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Tendency toward:hemophilia.
- Abnormal attraction to:necrophilia.
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