One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who likes or admires women.
- ‘For the human being, to my mind, is a thing of beauty in emotion, in mind and in body when given the freedom to let its imagination fly and, being a philogynist, to have this portrayed visually by women is most wonderful!’
- ‘So for the men the next time a woman accuses you of being a misogynist you can reply "Well, actually I'm a philogynist.’
Mid 19th century: from philo- ‘loving’ + Greek gunē ‘woman’ + -ist.
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