philanthrope

noun

phil·​an·​thrope
ˈfilənˌthrōp
plural -s
archaic

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The Greek root of philanthropy may be literally translated as "loving people." The English word can refer to general goodwill to one's fellow people, as well as to the active effort to promote the welfare of people, but in modern use it is most often used to refer specifically to the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for others. A person who practices philanthropy is called a philanthropist; the term philanthrope was formerly used with the same meaning, but it is now considered archaic.

Word History

Etymology

French, from Greek philanthrōpos loving mankind

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“Philanthrope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philanthrope. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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