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philhellene

[fil-hel-een] /fɪlˈhɛl in/
noun
1.
a friend or supporter of the Greeks.
Also, philhellenist
[fil-hel-uh-nist, fil-he-lee-nist] /fɪlˈhɛl ə nɪst, ˌfɪl hɛˈli nɪst/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Greek philéllēn Greek-loving. See phil-, Hellene
Related forms
philhellenic
[fil-he-len-ik, -lee-nik] /ˌfɪl hɛˈlɛn ɪk, -ˈli nɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
philhellenism
[fil-hel-uh-niz-uh m] /fɪlˈhɛl əˌnɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for philhellene

philhellene

/fɪlˈhɛliːn/
noun
1.
a lover of Greece and Greek culture
2.
(European history) a supporter of the cause of Greek national independence
Derived Forms
philhellenic (ˌfɪlhɛˈliːnɪk) adjective
philhellenism (fɪlˈhɛlɪˌnɪzəm) noun
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Word Origin and History for philhellene
adj.

1824, "loving the Greeks," from Greek, from philos "loving" (see -phile) + Hellen "Greek" (see Hellenic). Originally in English in reference to the cause of Greek independence. Related: Philhellenic.

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