[ slah-vuh-fahyl, -fil, slav-uh- ]
/ ˈslɑ vəˌfaɪl, -fɪl, ˈslæv ə- /
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a person who greatly admires the Slavs and Slavic ways.
one of a group of mid-19th century Russian intellectuals who favored traditional cultural practices over Western innovations, especially in political and religious life.


admiring or favoring the Slavs and Slavic interests, aims, customs, etc.



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Also Slav·o·phil [slah-vuh-fil, slav-uh-]. /ˈslɑ və fɪl, ˈslæv ə-/.

Origin of Slavophile

1875–80; Slavo- + -phile; compare Russian slavyanofíl
Sla·voph·i·lism [sluh-vof-uh-liz-uhm, slah-vuh-fil-iz-uhm, slav-uh-], /sləˈvɒf əˌlɪz əm, ˈslɑ və fɪlˌɪz əm, ˈslæv ə-/, noun
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  • Not long ago I had in my hands an interesting correspondence between an orthodox Slavophile and a Christian revolutionist.

    My Religion|Leo Tolstoy
  • Ivan Ivanovich Bochkarev (died 1915), former revolutionary Slavophile who suffered much for his convictions.

British Dictionary definitions for Slavophile



/ (ˈslɑːvəʊfɪl, -ˌfaɪl) /


a person who admires the Slavs or their cultures
(sometimes not capital) (in 19th-century Russia) a person who believed in the superiority and advocated the supremacy of the Slavs


admiring the Slavs and Slavonic culture, etc
(sometimes not capital) (in 19th-century Russia) of, characteristic of, or relating to the Slavophiles
Slavophilism (sləˈvɒfɪˌlɪzəm, ˈslɑːvəʊfɪˌlɪzəm), noun
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