Suffixes with the common part -phil- (-phile, -philia, -phily, -philic) are used to specify some kind of attraction or affinity to something. They are antonymic to suffixes -phob-.

Phil- (philo-) may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning.

The suffix and prefix are derived from the Ancient Greek word philia (φιλία), "love, affection".


Chemistry and physics

  • Chromophilous: staining easily
  • Electrophile: a substance having an affinity for electrons or negative charge
  • Hydrophilic: (of a substance) having a tendency to interact with or be dissolved by water and other polar substances
  • Lipophilic: (of a substance) attracted to lipids, as in cell membranes
  • Litophilic: (of a substance) in microfluidics, enriching on channel walls instead of in the middle of the channels (e.g. air bubbles)
  • Nucleophile: a substance having an affinity for positive charge. Antonym: electrophile


  • Audiophilia: love of high-fidelity sound reproduction
  • Arctophilia: love of teddy bears; especially, an interest in collecting teddy bears
  • Bibliophilia: love of books
  • Cartophilia: love of maps
  • Cinephilia: love of cinema and film
  • Philately: the study of stamps and postal history and other related items
  • Glossophilia: love of languages
  • Icthyophilia: love of fish
  • Logophilia: love of words – logophiles may be interested in word games, such as crosswords, or Scrabble, and in the extreme, derive enjoyment from reading things commonly given less notice, such as labels
  • Metrophilia: love of the metro rail or subway systems
  • Neophilia: love of the latest novelties and trends
  • Oenophilia: love of wine
  • Ornithophilia: love of birds
  • Taphophilia: love of graves, cemeteries and funerals
  • Technophilia: love of technology
  • Videophile: person who is concerned with achieving high-quality results in the recording and playback of movies, TV programs, etc.

National or ethnic

Sexual paraphilias

  • List of paraphilias
  • Paraphilia (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals. Such attraction may be labeled sexual fetishism.


Prefix phil-

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