1. philia

noun. a positive feeling of liking.


  • feeling
  • protectiveness
  • warmness
  • warmheartedness
  • soft spot
  • fond regard
  • regard
  • affectionateness
  • fondness
  • affection
  • respect
  • tenderness
  • heart


  • humility
  • liking
  • calmness
  • concern

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Sentences with philia

1. Foreign word
The Catholic Church acknowledges four types of love: storge (natural affection), aeros (sexual desire), philia (natural human friendship), and agape (deepest love).

2. Noun, singular or mass
The word “hydrophilic” actually means water loving or water attracting (hydro is the Greek word for water and philic or philia means loving).