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Definition of "philia" [philia]

  • Friendship (translating Greek φιλία in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics) (noun)
  • Liking (noun)
  • A psychological disorder characterized by an irrational favorable disposition towards something (noun)

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Use "philia" in a sentence
  • "As mentioned in the first paragraph of this section, philia seems to be the kind of concern for other persons that is most relevant to friendship, and the word, ˜philia,™ sometimes gets translated as friendship; yet philia is in some ways importantly different from what we ordinarily think of as friendship."
  • "But she was also his sister of spirit, the essence of the love known as philia."
  • "Even where the law of obscenity still performs a useful function - prohibiting various "philia" materials for example - the law should be recast as addressing the creation or possession of such materials, and not on the supposed effects of the materials on an audience."