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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for philanthrope

Historical Examples of philanthrope

  • Philanthrope is a peach: his manner all velvet and bloom, his words sweet juice, his heart of hearts a stone.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • 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