Definition of Philonic in US English:

Philonic

adjective

  • Of or relating to Philo Judaeus (20 b.c.–50 a.d.), Hellenistic Jewish philosopher of Alexandria, or his beliefs, especially his allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament scripture in the light of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Taylor (1765–1836), reviewer and translator. From post-classical Latin Philon-, Philo + -ic.