Definition of philhellene in English:

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philhellene

Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlhɛˌliːn/
/fɪlˈhɛliːn/

noun

1A lover of Greece and Greek culture: a romantic philhellene
More example sentences
  • Universal classical literacy beckons in the wake of the Athens Olympics, and philhellenes the world over must already be entertaining shy hopes for a 21st-century rebirth of neo-classicism.
  • Dreamy days by the beach, hunting for shells and watching fishermen mend their nets may well convert them into confirmed philhellenes by the time you leave.
  • One philhellene whom Roessel discusses very well is his former professor, Edmund Keeley, whose experience of Greece dates back to his childhood in the thirties.
1.1 historical A supporter of Greek independence.
Example sentences
  • Resistance to the Junta had been growing within Greece and overseas amongst Greeks abroad and their philhellene and pro-democracy supporters.

Derivatives

philhellenic

Pronunciation: /fɪˈliːnɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Philhellenic aid societies in Western Europe sent large sums of money and even volunteers to Greece during the war.
  • She took part in a number of battles and sent letters to women's philhellenic circles so as to gain sympathy for Greece and boost the philhellenic tide.

philhellenism

Pronunciation: /fɪlˈhɛlɪnɪz(ə)m/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is precisely the unspoiled and Arcadian aspect of Greece that, in the twentieth century, provided new shadings of philhellenism.
  • Hadrian went from Egypt to Lycia; by the winter of 131-2 he was back at Athens, to inaugurate the Olympieum and founded the Panhellenion (an organization of Greek cities), the culmination of his philhellenism.
  • Shelley's preface, his last great appeal for political liberty in Europe, remains a classic statement of English philhellenism: ‘We are all Greeks.’

philhellenist

Pronunciation: /-ˈhɛlɪnɪst/
noun

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek philellēn 'loving the Greeks' (see phil-, Hellene).

Words that rhyme with philhellene

Hellene

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Line breaks: phil|hel¦lene

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