[ 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.

Origin of Slavophile

1875–80; Slavo- + -phile; compare Russian slavyanofíl
  • Also Slav·o·phil [slah-vuh-fil, slav-uh-]. /ˈslɑ və fɪl, ˈslæv ə-/.

Other words from Slavophile

  • 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

Words Nearby Slavophile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Slavophile in a sentence

  • 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) /

  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 forms of Slavophile

  • Slavophilism (sləˈvɒfɪˌlɪzəm, ˈslɑːvəʊfɪˌlɪzəm), noun

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