Writing Challenge: Invent a Word (Philohonor)

Hello! When I read this writing challenge, automatically the word “philotimo” came in my mind. I didn’t invent it. It is a real Greek word and it is not translated in English. So I translate it exactly as I see it. Philohonor.

Philohonor | noun | / fəˈläˈänər /

Philohonor is a word that exists from the ancient years and only in Greek language. It is noun, and it comes from two Greek words: philos (filos) which means friend and honor. Literally it means “friend of honor” but practically, philohonor means so much more. It describes a complex of virtues and values.

These virtues are the honor, the dignity, the pride, the morality, the respect, the generosity, the hospitality, the affection, the love for family, community and country. And the values of friendship and generally of humanism.

Philohonor means to have an open heart and to help others even you have to sacrifice something from you. It is the sense of right and wrong and the duty to do what is right.


George has the willing to help every time that his friends ask favor, even when they don’t ask. This guy has philohonor.

After a few years of saving money to buy the car of his dreams, he decided to give the money to her sister for her wedding. He has a great philohonor.


Philohonorous | adjective | / fəˈläˈänərəs /

The one who has the sense of honor and dignity. The one who is diligent, who is generous, even with money, if that helps someone. The one who acts with goodness and generosity without expecting anything in return.


The mechanic fixed the car and he was offered to fix the bike also, without asking extra money. He is a philohonorous person.

Although it was her classmate who started to fight with her, she said nothing to the teacher. She is philohonorous.

It was his turn to take a day off from work, but he knew how much his colleague needed holidays and gave it to him. He is a philohonorous man.


Philohonore | Verb | / fəˈläˈänər /

This verb usually used in passive voice (philohonored).


Why did you go to the concert without me? You weren’t even philohonored to tell me about it.

I wrote so many examples to make it more understandable. I also found a great video that explains this word better. I hope you are not feeling bored and watch it :)


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Comment by Elen on January 26, 2016 at 10:31

Modaway, yes, it could be an English word. I see you appreciate much the Greek history. Thank you for that!

Comment by Elen on December 7, 2015 at 11:35

Thank you Evangelina for your nice words :)

Comment by Elen on December 1, 2015 at 7:41

Hahahaha Mohammad, maybe, who knows? :D I don't disclose the source of my inspiration :D Thank you for your nice comment :)

Comment by Mohammad on November 30, 2015 at 11:31

Good job dear Elen, like it. the "Philohonorous" has so nice and positive meanings. I think meeting and being familiar with me made you think of and invent that word, didn't they !?  :D

Comment by Elen on November 22, 2015 at 12:55

Mary, yes we could say that it means nobleness and kindness but it doesn't mean only that. It is something more than that. It is a word that contains these two words. Glad that you admire the Greek culture :) Thank you for your kind example, i think it is true :P :)

Onee, you have so naughty students? :D Don't show mercy, lol. It's ok dear, don't apologize :) Thank you for your nice words and what a nice sentence! I think you are already philohonorous because you offer your service to correct members here without asking from you. This is a philohonorous action. Yes, most people expect things from others but thanks God they are not all like this.

Adaline, thank you for your nice words! I was worry how to make it understandable but it seems i made it.

Noaslpls, it is a little strange, but it seems that they can't find a specific word. I also wonder why because i created it in only few hours, LOL. Thanks for commenting!

Estanis, thank you!! Modern society seems to have forgotten a little some values that's why we are in this situation now. Because to tell you the truth we made mistakes too. But yes, i am proud of our ancestors!

Comment by Estanis on November 22, 2015 at 0:36
What a great job Elen! Love it!
Modern society owes a lot of to Ancient Greek. Even democracy is a Greek term. Actual European values come from there. Be proud of it :)

Comment by noaslpls on November 21, 2015 at 14:42

I love this word. It really encompasses so many positive elements. I wonder why no translation of this Greek word, or maybe there's no such English word can aptly describe it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful word. 

Comment by Adaline Bala on November 21, 2015 at 11:08

Very well written Elen! Thanks for sharing

Elen is philohonorous, She shared her knowledge with her friends in EC. :))

Comment by Onee-chan on November 21, 2015 at 7:51

Dear Elen, sorry for my belated response. Lately I was a tortured by ignorant students. lol And I hope to read more than 5 blogs from you this month. lol.........

Wow! what a great positive new word!

I want to be a philohonor that always be useful for others.

To see philohonorous people nowadays is a bit difficult, as many people always do something in return.

Well done, Elen! :)

Comment by MARY on November 20, 2015 at 21:25

Very cool word Elen!
I really admire the greek culture and its huge contribution to the worldwide culture. And this word is a proof of that :)

I think a synonymous for this word would be nobleness or kindness. Things that we all need a lot in this world...

Okay so there is my sentence:
'I feel Elen is a very philohonorous person!'

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