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  • n  a positive feeling of liking

  • Love may be a perfectly proper English word, but it lacks the precision of agape, philia or eras, which a theologian would prefer to express his exact shade of meaning.
  • Languid Suzy Parker, who plays a Red Cross nurse, seems to have less Nippo-philia than the boys.
  • Yet the police disclosed that the handwritten diary they had found was drenched in Nazi-philia: phrases in German punctuating a year's worth of meticulous planning for the attack .

  • Herbert W Armstrong in
    In The Missing Dimension in Sex, Mr. Armstrong wrote: "There is a certain selfish element in the philia love-love for children, parents or family. We may have this love for those of our club, our team, our group. That is actually, to coin a phrase,...

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