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phi·lan·thro·py  audio  (f-lnthr-p) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. phi·lan·thro·pies
  1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
  2. Love of humankind in general.
  3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin philanthrpia, from Greek, from philanthrpos, humane, benevolent : phil-, philo-, philo- + anthrpos, man, mankind

OTHER FORMS:
phi·lanthro·pist(Noun)


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