bib·​lio·​phil·​ia | \ ¦bi-blē-ə-¦fi-lē-ə How to pronounce bibliophilia (audio) , -¦fē-, -blē-ō-\

Definition of bibliophilia

: great or excessive love of books Thus, book theft borne of base greed, not bibliophilia, mocks the book world faith that love of books leads to a life of virtue.— Chip Brown, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 1980 also : enthusiastic or extreme interest in collecting books But then bibliophilia is a pathological condition marked by covetousness, elitism and other undesirable, seriously psychopathic traits. — Elizabeth Young, The Guardian (London), 24 Oct. 1998

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