Words of Love

For all you romantics, here is a collection of loving words. However, you are not likely to whisper any of them into someone's ear. Each of these words contains the word element phil, from the ancient Greek philein, to love. Therefore, a word containing phil is a special love, affection, attraction, affinity or preference for a certain type of thing, place, occupation or pastime. So, you'd better be careful; get too close to someone's ears, and they may accuse you of being a gynotikolobomassophilist!

Warning! Many of these words are sex related.

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ablutophiliaSexual arousal from baths or showers
abrakophileCollector of knickknacks or trinkets
acarophilyAffinity with mites
achluophiliaLove of darkness
acidophilicAffinity with acidic environments
acousticophiliaSexual arousal from sounds
acrodendrophilyAffinity with tree-top habitats
acrohygrophilousAffinity with high atmospheric humidity
acrophilousPertaining to or dwelling in lofty peaks
acrotomophiliaSexual preference for amputees
actophilousAffinity with rocky seashores
aelophilousPlants which spread seeds or pollen by wind
aelurophileSynonym of ailurophile
aerophilatelyCollecting of airmail postage stamps
aerophilousDepending on free oxygen or air
agalmatophiliaSexual arousal from statues or mannequins
agliaphiliaLove of pain
agonophilliaSexual arousal from a partner pretending to struggle
agoraphiliaSexual arousal from open spaces or having sex in public
agrexophiliaSexual arousal from others knowing of one's sexual activities
agrophilousAffinity with cultivated ground
aichmophiliaLove of needles and other pointed objects
aigialophileAffinity with beach habitats
ailurophileLover of cats
aiphyllophilousAffinity with evergreen woodland
albutophiliaSexual arousal from water
alcoholophiliaAbnormal desire for alcohol
alektotophiliaLove of chickens
algophiliaSexual arousal from experiencing pain
alkaliphileAffinity with alkaline environments
alliumphileLover of garlic
altocalciphiliaLove of high-heeled shoes
amaurophiliaPreference for a blind or blinfolded sex partner
ammophilousSand-loving
amphophilicCell that stains readily with either acid or basic dyes
amychophiliaSexual pleasure from being scratched
anasteemaphiliaSexual attraction to taller or shorter partners
ancophilousAffinity with steep valleys or canyons
androgynophiliaBisexual pairing of one person with a man or woman
andromimetophiliaSexual arousal dependent on a female partner impersonating a man
androphiliaSexual attraction to men, whether it be held by men or women
anemophilousIn plants, pollinated by wind
AnglophileOne who admires all things English
anheliophilousAffinity with diffuse sunlight
anthophilousFlower loving; feeding on flowers
anthropophilousAffinity with close proximity to humans
apodysophiliaFeverish desire to undress
apotemnophiliaSexual arousal from the desire to have one's limbs amputated
arachnephiliaSexual arousal from spiders
arctophilistCollector of teddy bears
argentophilSynonym of argyrophil
argyrophilTissue elements capable of being made visible by impregnation with silver salts
arenophileCollector of sand
AsiaphiliaLove of all things Asian
asphyxiophiliaSexual arousal through self-strangulation
astrophileOne fond of learning about stars
audiophileLover of sound
AustralophiliaLove of all things Australian
autagonistophiliaSexual arousal from exposing one's naked body or genitals to strangers
autassassinophiliaSexual arousal from putting oneself in life-threatening situations
autogynephiliaFetishistic attraction by a man to the idea of being a woman
automysophiliaSexual arousal from being dirty or defiled
autonecrophiliaSexual arousal from imagining oneself as a corpse
autonepiophiliaSexual arousal from behaving as a baby
autophiliaIn plants, self-pollinating. In humans, self-love
autoscopophiliaSexual arousal from looking at one's own body
autovoxiphiliaLove of one's own voice

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~ B ~

baptisaphilistCollector of Christian names
barophilicAffinity with high-pressure environments
bathophilousAffinity with very deep water
belonephiliaSexual arousal from the use of pins and needles
biastophiliaArousal from sexually assaulting an unwilling victim
bibliophileLover of books
biophilousLife-loving
botanophileLover of plants
brandophilistCollector of cigar bands
bryophilousAffinity with mosses

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~ C ~

cacophonophilistLover of harsh sounds
cagophilistCollector of keys
calciphilicAffinity with calcium
campanophileLover of bell-ringing
canidaephiliaSexual attraction to canines
canophilistLover of dogs
carpophiliaSexual arousal from the sensual feeding of fruits
cartophilistCollector of cigarette cards
catheterophiliaSexual arousal from the use of catheters
celtophileOne who admires all things Celtic
chalcophileAffinity with sulfide minerals and ores
chasmophilousAffinity with crannies and crevices
chersophilousAffinity with dry places
chionophileSnow loving
chirophileLover of hands
chiropterophilousAffinity with bats
choreophiliaSexual arousal from dancing
chrematistophiliaSexual arousal from being obliged to pay for sexual services
chromophilousStaining easily
chronophiliaSexual attraction to a partner of significantly different age
chrymosymphilyAmicable relationship between ants and larval lepidoptera
chrysophilistLover of gold
cinephileLover of films or movies
claustrophiliaFondness of small, enclosed places
clinophiliaPassion for beds
colombophilePigeon-fancier
congophileAffinity with Congo red dye
copoclephilistCollector of keyrings
coprophiliaFetishistic attraction to feces
cremnophilousAffinity with cliffs
crenophilousAffinity with springs
crurophiliaLove of legs
cryophilicAffinity with low temperatures
cryptovestiphiliaAttraction to women's underclothing
cumyxaphileCollector of matchboxes
cyanophilousReadily absorbing a blue stain
cypripareuniaphileLover of prostitutes

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~ D ~

dacryphiliaSexual arousal from seeing a partner cry
dendrophilousFond of or inhabiting trees
discophileCollector of phonograph records and CDs
doraphiliaLove of fur or skin (usually leather)
dysmorphophiliaSexual arousal from deformities in others

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~ E ~

ecdysiophileOne who likes watch people strip
electrophileReagent that is attracted to electrons
electrophiliaSexual arousal from electrical stimulus 
emetophiliaSexual arousal from vomit
endytophiliaPreference for a clothed sex partner
entomophilousAttracted or attractive to insects
eosinophileA leukocyte readily stained with eosin
ephebophiliaSexual attraction of an adult to an adolescent
epistemophiliaLove of knowledge
eproctophiliaSexual arousal from flatulence
eremophilousAffinity with desert regions
ergophiliaLove of work
erotophonophiliaSexual arousal from sadistically killing one's partner
errinophilistCollector of revenue or tax stamps
EurophileLover of all things European
eurythermophileAffinity with a wide range of relatively high temperatures
extremophileAffinity with extreme conditions

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~ F ~

flatuphiliaSexual arousal from others passing gas
formicophiliaSexual arousal from ants crawling on one's genitals
forniphiliaSexual arousal from making furniture from humans in bondage
FrancophileLover of all things French
frigophilicAffinity with cold environments

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~ G ~

galanthophileLover of snowdrops
GallophileLover of all things French
gastrophileLover of food
geophilousLiving in or on the ground; growing under the ground
GermanophileLover of all things German
gerontophiliaSexual attraction to elderly people
glossophiliaLove of languages
gynelophiliaSexual arousal from pubic hair
gynemimetophiliaSexual attraction to a male impersonating a female
gynephiliaLove of a woman by a man or by another woman
gynotikolobomassophiliaLove of nibbling women's earlobes
gynophiliaSynonym of gynephilia
gypsophiliusAffinity with gypsum

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~ H ~

halophilousAffinity with salt
harmatophiliaArousal from sexual incompetence, usually in a female partner
harpaxophiliaSexual arousal from being the victim of robbery or burglary
hebephiliaSexual attraction to teenagers
heliophilousAttracted by sunlight
helixophileCollector of corkscrews
helohylophilousAffinity with wet or swampy forests
helolochmophilousAffinity with meadow-thicket habitats
helophilousAffinity with marshes
hemerophilousAffinity with human activities
hemophilicAffinity with blood
hippophileLover of horses
hirsutophiliaAttraction to hairy men
HispanophileLover of all things Spanish
hodophiliaSexual arousal from travelling to new or strange places
homicidophiliaSexual arousal from sadistically killing one's partner
homilophiliaSexual arousal from hearing or giving sermons
homophiliaSexual attraction to a person of the same sex as oneself
hoplophiliaSexual arousal from firearms and weaponry
hostelaphileCollector of outdoor inn signs
hybristophiliaSexual arousal from people who have committed crimes
hydrophilousAffinity with water
hygrophilousAffinity with moist places
hylodophilousAffinity with dry, open woodland
hylophilousAffinity with forests
hyperphiliaCompulsive desire for sex
hyperthermophileAffinity with extremely hot environments
hyphephiliaSexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, fur or fabric
hypophiliaHaving sex very infrequently, or not at all
hypoxyphiliaSexual arousal from being strangled

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~ I ~

iatrophiliaExcessive fondness for physicians
ichthyophileLover of fish
iconophileConnoisseur of icons or images
infantophiliaSexual attraction to small children
infracaninophileOne who favours the underdog
insulaphiliaLove of islands
IslandophiliaLove of all things Icelandic
isophileOne who likes others of the same sex
ItalophileLover of all things Italian

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~ J ~

JapanophileLover of all things Japanese
JudeophileLover of all things Jewish

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~ K ~

kleptophiliaSexual arousal from stealing
klismaphiliaSexual pleasure from enemas
korophiliaAttraction to young men or boys

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~ L ~

labeorphileCollector of beer bottle labels
lactaphiliaSexual arousal from lactating breasts
laleorphilistCollector of beer bottles
LatinophileLover of all things Latin American
lavacultophiliaStrong desire to stare at someone in a bathing suit
lepidopterophileCollector of butterflies
lexiconophilistCollector of dictionaries and word books
lignophilicAffinity with wood
limnodophilousAffinity with salt marshes
limnophilousAffinity with freshwater ponds
linguaphileLover of languages
lipophilicAffinity with lipids
lithophilousAffinity with stones
logophileLover of words
luciphilousAffinity with open, well-lit habitats
lygophilousAffinity with dark or gloomy places
lyophileEasily dispersed

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~ M ~

macrophiliaSexual attraction to larger people
maieusiophiliaSexual arousal from pregnant women
malacophilousPollinated by snails
malophiliaLove of apples
mammagymnophiliaSexual arousal from female breasts
maniaphiliaAttraction to insane people
mastigophiliaSexual gratification from being punished
mazophilaSynonym of mammagymnophilia
mechanophiliaSexual arousal from machines
megalophiliaSexual arousal from large objects
megamalophiliaExtreme love of apples
melcryptovestimentaphiliaAttraction to women's black underwear
melangeophilousAffinity with loam 
mellitophilousAttractive to bees
menophiliaSexual arousal from menstruating women
merinthophiliaSexual arousal from being bound
mesophilousAffinity with moderate and constantly moist environments
mesothermophilousAffinity with temperate regions
methanophileAn organism capable of oxidising methane
metrophiliaLove of metro rail or subway systems
microaerophilicAffinity with oxygen at a level below that found in air
microphilicAffinity with a narrow temperature range
moriaphiliaSexual arousal from telling sex related jokes
morphophiliaSexual arousal from a person with a different physique
musicophileLover of music
myiophilousAffinity with flies
myrmecophilousAffinity with ants
mysophiliaSexual arousal from soiled or dirty clothing

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~ N ~

nanophiliaSexual attraction to short people
naphephiliaSexual arousal from touching or being touched
narratophiliaSexual arousal from erotic conversation
nasophiliaSexual arousal from kissing, sucking, touching or looking at another's nose.
necrophiliaSexual attraction to corpses
necropedophiliaLove of young dead people
negrophileOne who admires and supports black people
nemophilistOne who is fond of forests
neophileOne who loves novelty and trends
nepiophiliaSexual attraction to very young children
neutrophileThe chief phagocytic leukocyte
NipponophiliaLove of all things Japanese
nitrophilousAffinity with nitrogen
nomophilousAffinity with pastures
nosophiliaSexual arousal from knowing that a partner is terminally ill
notaphilistCollector of banknotes
nucleophileAttracted to nuclei
nyctophiliaPreference for darkness or night
nymphophiliaLove of a female adolescent by an adult

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~ O ~

oabagphilistCollector of OA (Order of the Arrow) flaps
ochlophiliaSexual arousal from being in a crowd
ocnophileChronically dependent on one's lover
oculophiliaSexual arousal from eyes
odontophiliaSexual arousal from teeth
oenophileLover of wine
olfactophiliaSexual arousal from body smells
ombrophilousAffinity to rain
ophiophilistLover of snakes
orgadophilousAffinity with meadows
ornithocophilousAffinity with bird excrement
ornithophilousAffinity with birds
orophilousAffinity with mountains
osmophilicAffinity with high osmotic environments
oxyphilousAffinity with acid

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~ P ~

paedophiliaSexual attraction to children
pagophilousAffinity with ice
palaeophileAntiquarian
paraphilemiaLove play
paraphiliaPreference for deviant sexual behavior
pathenophiliaLove of virgins
pecattiphiliaSexual arousal from sinning
pediophiliaSexual arousal from dolls
pediophilousAffinity with uplands
pedophiliaSynonym of paedophilia
pelagophilousAffinity with the open surface waters of the sea
pelophilousAffinity with mud or clay
peridromophileCollector of streetcar transfers
peristerophilistCollector of pigeons
petrophilousAffinity with rocks
phallophileOne sexually aroused by penises
PhiladelphiaCity of Brotherly Love
philalethistLover of truth
philanderHave casual love affairs with women
philandristLover of men
philanthropyLove of humankind
philatelyCollector of postage stamps
philautySelf-love; selfishness
philemalagniaSexual excitement as a result of kissing
philharmonicMusic-loving
philhelleneLover of Greece
philhippicHorse-loving
phillumenistCollector of matchboxes of matchbox labels
philobatOne who enjoys coping alone with dangerous and uncertain situations
philobiblistLover of books
philocalyLove of beauty
philocomalPertaining to hair care
philocubistLover of dice games
philodemicFond of the common people
philodespotOne who loves tyranny
philodoxOne who is fond of their own opinions
philogeantOne who loves everything on Earth
philographerCollector of autographs
philogynistLover of women
philomathLover of learning
philomythistLover of mythology
philometristCollector of envelopes, etc., for their postal meter impressions
philoneistObsessive follower of fads or trends
philonoistOne who seeks knowledge
philopatricTendency to remain in a native locality
philophasterShallow philosophical dabbler or poseur
philopolemicistOne who loves to argue or debate
philopornistLover of prostitutes
philoprogenitiveProlific; characterised by love of offspring
philosemitismPro-Jewish
philosophasterPretender to philosophy
philosophunculistSynonym of philosophaster
philophronesisUse of gentle speech or humble submission to mitigate anger
philosopherLover of wisdom
philotecnicDevoted to the arts
philotheistLover of God
philotherianLover of animals
philtreLove potion
philothermicAffinity with warm climates
philoxenistOne who loves to entertain strangers
phobophiliaSexual arousal from fear
phonophilistCollector of gramaphone records
photophilicAffinity with strong light
phreatophilousAffinity with ground-water habitats
phretophilousAffinity with water tanks
phycophileAffinity with algae
phygephiliaSexual arousal from being a fugitive
phytophilousAffinity with plants
pictophiliaSexual arousal from viewing pictorial pornography
pithikosophiliaLove of monkeys
pluviophileAffinity with abundant rainfall
podophiliaSexual arousal from feet
pogonophileLover of beards
polyiterophiliaSexual arousal only after sex with several partners
pornophileLover of pornography
potamophilousAffinity with rivers
psammophilousAffinity with sand
pseudonecrophiliaSexual arousal from fantasising about corpses
psychophilousPollinated by butterflies and moths
psychrophilicAffinity with relatively low temperatures
pubephiliaSexual arousal from pubic hair
puellaphilistLover of girls
pygophilistLover of buttocks
pyrophiliaSexual arousal from fire
pyrophilousAffinity with burnt areas
pyroxylophilousAffinity with burnt wood

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~ Q ~

(None known)

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~ R ~

rabdophilistCollector of walking sticks
raptophiliaSexual arousal from raping a victim
retrophiliaLove of things of the past
rhabdophiliaSexual arousal from being flogged, beaten or caned
rheophilousAffinity with running water
rhizophilousAffinity with roots
rhyacophilousAffinity with torrents
rugophilicAffinity with rough or concave surfaces
RussophileLover of all things Russian

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~ S ~

saprophilousAffinity with decaying organic matter
sarcophilousFond of flesh
sciophilousAffinity with shade
scopophiliaVoyeurism
scotophiliaLove of the dark
scripophilistCollector of stocks and share certificates
sepentinophilousAffinity with the mineral serpentine
siderodromophiliaSexual arousal from trains
siderophilousAffinity with iron
SinophileLover of all things Chinese
sitophiliaSexual arousal from food
skiophilousSynonym of sciophilous
SlavophileLover of all things Slavic
somnophiliaArousal from sexual activity with a sleeping partner
sphagnophilousAffinity with sphagnum moss
sphingophilousAffinity with hawk moths
spiladophilousAffinity with clay
stegophilistOne whose pastime is climbing the outside of buldings
stigmatophiliaSexual arousal from a partner who is stigmatised (i.e, tattoos, piercings, scars)
subxerophilousAffinity with moderately dry situations
symphilyLiving together for mutual benefit
symphorophiliaSexual arousal fro arranging a disaster, crash or explosion

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~ T ~

taphephiliaSexual arousal from being buried alive
taphophiliaLove of cemeteries
taphrophilousAffinity with ditches
technophileOne who is fond of technology
teleiophiliaSexual attraction to adults
telmatophilousAffinity with swamps and marshes
termitophilousAffinity with termites
thalassophilicPreference for the sea
theophilanthropistLover of both God and mankind
theophileLover of God
thermophilicAffinity with heat
thiophilicAffinity with sulfur
threpterophiliaAttraction to female nurses
thrombophiliaGenetic propensity for the blood to clot too easily
timbrophilistCollector of postage stamps
timophiliaSexual arousal from power or wealth
tobaccophileLover of tobacco
topophiliaGreat love for a particular place
toxophilistOne who enjoys archery
traumaphiliaSynonym of traumatophilia
traumatophiliaSexual arousal from wounds or trauma
trichophiliaSexual arousal from hair
tripsolagnophiliaSexual arousal from massage
troglophilicAffinity with caves
tropophilousAffinity with seasonal extremes of climates
turophileLover of cheese
typhlophileOne who is kind to the blind
tyrosemiophilistCollector of Camembert cheese labels

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~ U ~

umbraphileLover of shade
umbrophilicAffinity with shade
urophiliaSexual arousal from urine

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~ V ~

vorarephiliaSexual arousal from the idea of being eaten, eating another, or watching this
vicarphiliaSexual arousal from other people's sexual experiences
videophileLover of television and videos

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~ W ~

(None known)

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~ X ~

xenophileOne attracted to that which is foreign
xerophilousAffinity with very dry conditions
xylophilousAffinity with wood
xyrophiliaLove or attraction to blades and razors

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~ Y ~

(None known)

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~ Z ~

zebraphiliaLove of zebras
zelophiliaSexual arousal from jealousy
zoophiliaLove of animals

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