[slah-vuh-fahyl, -fil, slav-uh-]
  1. a person who greatly admires the Slavs and Slavic ways.
  2. one of a group of mid-19th century Russian intellectuals who favored traditional cultural practices over Western innovations, especially in political and religious life.
  1. admiring or favoring the Slavs and Slavic interests, aims, customs, etc.
Also Slav·o·phil [slah-vuh-fil, slav-uh-] /ˈslɑ və fɪl, ˈslæv ə-/.

Origin of Slavophile

1875–80; Slavo- + -phile; compare Russian slavyanofíl
Related formsSla·voph·i·lism [sluh-vof-uh-liz-uh m, slah-vuh-fil-iz-uh m, slav-uh-] /sləˈvɒf əˌlɪz əm, ˈslɑ və fɪlˌɪz əm, ˈslæv ə-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for slavophile



  1. a person who admires the Slavs or their cultures
  2. (sometimes not capital) (in 19th-century Russia) a person who believed in the superiority and advocated the supremacy of the Slavs
  1. admiring the Slavs and Slavonic culture, etc
  2. (sometimes not capital) (in 19th-century Russia) of, characteristic of, or relating to the Slavophiles
Derived FormsSlavophilism (sləˈvɒfɪˌlɪzəm, ˈslɑːvəʊfɪˌlɪzəm), noun
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