friend, well-wisher, sympathizer, pitier, Disparaging. bleeding heart.
philanthropy, n. 1. benevolence, beneficence, helpfulness, ministration, ministry, public or social service, do-goodism; charity, Latin, caritas, almsgiving, charitableness, munificence, generosity, bounty, bountifulness, liberality, liberalness, open-handedness, free-handedness.
2. altruism, humanitarianism, humanity, humaneness, love of mankind, Christian love, agape; public spirit, public spiritedness, other-directedness, other-di-rection, Psychol, extroversion; unselfishness, selflessness, self-sacrifice; kindness, kindliness, kindheartedness, benignacy, benignity, goodness, good will; openheartedness, big-heartedness, magnanimity; thoughtfulness, consideration, compassion, compassionateness, sympathy, pity.
3. contribution, donation, alms, offering, offertory, oblation, largesse, benefaction; good, service, ministration, favor, courtesy; aid, assistance, help, succor.
philippic, n. diatribe, invective, tirade, screed, jeremiad, stream of abuse, bitter harangue, verbal onslaught; vituperation, revilement, curse, execration, imprecation, malediction, anathematization, denunciation, commination, condemnation, censure; vilification, impugnment, traducement, aspersion, calumniation, calumny, obloquy, slur, defamation, denigration; disparagement, discrediting, depreciation, deprecation, belittlement; objurgation, fulmination, contumely, berating, upbraiding, scolding, Inf. tongue-lashing, SI. dressing-down, SI. bawling out, SI. chewing out; reproof, rebuke, reprimand, admonition, reproval, slap in the face, Inf. rap on the knuckles.
philistine, n. 1. middlebrow, Inf. lowbrow, Boeotian, conventionalist, conformist; bourgeois, materialist, capitalist; traditionalist, formalist, precisian; boor, lout, Goth, barbarian, yahoo.
-adj. 2. Inf. lowbrow, uncultured, uncultivated, unrefined, rude; uneducated, untutored, untaught, unlearned, unlettered, unread, unenlightened; commonplace, common, conventional, ordinary, prosaic, dull, unimaginative, uninteresting, plain; conformist, middlebrow, conservative, SI. uptight, SI. button-down, SI. square, SI. straight; bourgeois, materialistic, capitalistic.
philistinism, n. middlebrowism, Inf. lowbrowism, conventionalism, conventionality, conformism, conformance, conformity; traditionalism, formalism, precisianism; obtuseness, dullness, boorishness, yahooism.
philologist, n. archivist; (all of linguistics) linguist, Rare, linguistician, phonologist, phonemicist, phonetician, morphologist, dialectologist, philologian; seman-ticist, semasiologist, etymologist, historical linguist, lexicologist, lexicographer; grammarian, scholar.
philology, n. (all of linguistics) linguistics, linguistic science, Obs. glottology, dialectology, phonetics, phonology, phonemics, morphology, morphophonemics, syntax, tagmemics; semantics, semasiology, etymology, historical linguistics, glottogony, lexicology, lexicography.
philosopher, n. philosophizer, philosophe, Derog. philosophaster; thinker, reasoner, ratiocinator, rationalist; theorist, theorizer, metaphysician, metaphysicist, logician, aesthetician; seeker or student of truth, scholar, sage, wise man, pundit, guru.
philosophical, adj. 1. philosophic, Philos, metaphysical, metaphysic; abstract, abstruse, recondite, esoteric.
2. thoughtful, thinking, pensive, reflective, reflecting, meditative, meditating, contemplative, contemplating, cogitative; grave, serious, sober, deep, deep-thinking, profound; discerning, discriminating, discriminative, discriminatory, percipient, critical, judicial; judicious, wise, sage, sapient, sagacious; learned, erudite, scholarly, knowing, knowledgeable, well-informed, enlightened; understanding, aware, perceptive, acute, penetrating, piercing; shrewd, astute, perspicacious, perspicuous, farseeing, long-headed; alert, clearheaded, sharp, keen.