English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

For example, to love beauty is called "philocaly". Does this have an opposite?

share|improve this question
Note that philocaly is not merely a very rare word, it is a technical term proper to philosophy and theology, and should probably not be used as a synonym of aesthete. Calophile and calophilic (which would yield calophily) had a minor currency in French LitCrit of the early part of the last century and appears to be employed a good deal in contemporary Romanian art criticism. – StoneyB May 1 '13 at 2:16

A few sources (1, 2) list misoscopist:

n. - a hater of beauty; a recluse

I suppose then the hate of beauty would be misoscopism or possibly misoscopy.

share|improve this answer
I don't know Greek, and I just saw this ("the opposite of philosophy (the love of reason) is hatred of reasoning (misology)") on a philosophy website, & that your first & second links say "misosophy = hatred of wisdom", so I wonder whether misocaly might also be possible. – user21497 May 1 '13 at 1:54
@BillFranke See my Comment to the previous answer. Great minds ... – StoneyB May 1 '13 at 2:05

Suffixes with the common part -phil- (-phile, -philia, -philic) are used to specify some kind of attraction or affinity to something, in particular the love or obsession with something. They are antonymic to suffixes -phob-.

Phil- (philo-) may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/-phil-

Calophobe would be the antonym of philocaly, meaning to dislike, or hate, beauty.

share|improve this answer
phobe:(n) [combining form] indicating a person or thing that fears or hates (dictionary.reference.com/browse/-phobe) – RandomDuck.NET May 1 '13 at 1:31
Does it have a same meaning for both suffix and prefix form? – Persian Cat May 1 '13 at 1:38
To the best of my knowledge, phob- is not used as a prefix in English. Through 1987, OED 1 lists only one instance, phobanthropy, which it labels a nonce-word (as is acknowledged in the single quotation). The prefix antonymic to phil(o)- is mis(o)-; consider, for instance philanthropy/misanthropy, philogyny/misogyny, philology/misology. The antonym to philocaly would then be misocaly. – StoneyB May 1 '13 at 2:04
@StoneyB: Yes, it works. :-) – user21497 May 1 '13 at 2:08

I propose misocalia, from misogyny.

share|improve this answer
I should have said misocallia. Sorry. – brsnain Jul 7 '13 at 17:00
No need to comment, just edit your answer. – RegDwigнt Jul 7 '13 at 17:18

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.