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

  • 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
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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.

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    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
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I propose misocalia, from misogyny.

  • I should have said misocallia. Sorry. – brsnain Jul 7 '13 at 17:00
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    No need to comment, just edit your answer. – RegDwigнt Jul 7 '13 at 17:18
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    @brsnain: Both misocalia and misocallia are possible. But it so happens that philocalia was actually in use in Ancient Greek, so the variant with one l is probably preferable. And the ending -ly is commonly used in English, as in the existing word philocaly, so misocaly is probably the best choice. – Cerberus Oct 30 '17 at 17:57
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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.

  • 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
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    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

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