Definition of -philia

1 : friendly feeling toward Francophilia
2 : tendency toward hemophilia
3 : abnormal appetite or liking for necrophilia

History and Etymology for -philia

New Latin, from Greek philia friendship, from philos dear

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“-philia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-philia. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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-philia

noun combining form

English Language Learners Definition of -philia

: a strong feeling of love or admiration for something
: a feeling of unusual or abnormal sexual desire for someone or something

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