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Words based on Root 'Phile'

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What is a suffix?

A suffix is a letter or a group of letters attached to the end of a word to form a new word or to alter the grammatical function of the original word. For example, the verb read can be made into the noun reader by adding the suffix -er; read can be made into the adjective readable by adding the suffix -able.

What is a prefix?

A prefix is a letter or a group of letters attached to the beginning of a word that partly indicates its meaning. For example, the word prefix itself begins with a prefix--pre-, which generally means "before."

Let's look at a few words that use the root 'phile' as a prefix or a suffix. The meaning of the word is one that loves, likes, or is attracted to. Thus, all the words would be related to this meaning.

Dig into this list of words here:

  • Anglophilia - love or fondness for England or the English. The word is formed by using 'Anglo' for English and 'philia' for fondness.
  • Astrophile - person interested in astronomy.
  • Bibliophile - A bibliophile is someone who loves reading books and in most cases loves collecting books too.
  • Foodophile - A foodophile is a person who is really fond of eating or loves to eat.
  • Logophile - a lover of words.
  • Necrophile - A necrophile is a person who feels an attractive pull towards dead bodies.
  • Paedophile - A paedophile is a person who gets sexually attracted towards children.
  • Philalethist - lover of truth.
  • Philanthropy - Love for mankind.
  • Philogyny - love of women.
  • Philomath - lover of learning.
  • Philosophy - Love for wisdom.
  • Philotherianism - love of animals.
  • Theophile - one who loves or is loved by God. This term is mainly used for those people who believe in God and pray regularly.
  • Xenophilia - love of foreigners

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