Eight types of philias and their obsessions

A philia is the love of or obsession with a particular thing or subject. The suffix -philia or -phile is used to specify the love or obsession with something more specific. It is the opposite of -phobia.

The Greek word philia refers to brotherly love, including friendship and affection. This contrasts to the Greek terms eros, or sexual/romantic love, and agape, or detached, spiritual love.

What follows is a list of words that have the suffix -philia. We all have our passions, see if any of these might be yours.


The love of rain – Does rainy weather put you in a good mood and make you feel intensely happy? If you love the mystery of rainy weather and feel like you just want to go walking in the rain, or just sit and watch the drops roll down the window, you are most probably a pluviophile.

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