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CREDOPHILE

noun; compounding
One who holds beliefs simply for the sake of believing in something, rather than believing based on evidence or faith. ('No matter how crazy your idea is, you can find a credophile willing to believe it.') The writer was seeking a compact word to describe a certain type of people who believe in theories with little evidence to support their beliefs, simply because they enjoy believing in something. The word 'credophile' seems to express this well. It indicates an almost obsessive love with believing, from the use of 'phil' in other words. From the roots, the meaning is almost clear, and the context helps remove any ambiguity about what types of people are 'credophiles'. Compounding of 'cre/cred' meaning believe or trust and 'phil' meaning love or tendency. It is modeled after similar words such as 'anglophile' or 'bibliophile'. The mixing of the Latin 'cre/cred' and the Greek 'phil' is a bit unusual, though many words that use the 'phil' root compound it with Latin roots. Due to its prevalence, this mixing appears to be acceptable.The context supports both meanings, though the 'love' meaning is more supported by the 'despite clear evidence to the contrary' phrase. Thus the word means something like 'one who loves to believe in things for the sake of believing'. Additionally with the mention of Atlantis, it appears to refer to believing in strange theories.
 
Context and source: “...hundreds of thousands of such credophiles (as I like to call them) have believed, despite clear evidence to the contrary - that Plato’s Atlantis not only existed but also gave rise to all other civilizations;”
Etymology : 'cre/cred' believe or trust + 'phil' a love or tendency. N by analogy with other words such as 'anglophile'
Source : http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=293958438#post293958438
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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