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Homophile is an alternative word for homosexual. It was coined by author and psychoanalyst Karl-Günther Heimsoth in his 1924 doctoral dissertation "Hetero- und Homophilie", and was preferred by some because it emphasised love, from the Greek philia (φιλία) rather than sex.

In the UK the term was popular for a time in the 1970s, for instance in the name of the National Federation of Homophile Organisations (NFHO) but has since dropped out of favour.