Definitions of Love Throughout The World

According the basic dictionary definition, love is a strong or passionate feeling towards someone or something. Love has been defined many ways in many cultures, and below you will find a list of the many ways of love defined throughout the world and across time.


Here are some the Greek types of love.

Agape Love – This is more commonly called “unconditional love.” It is generally considered the broadest and deepest form of love and is assumed to extend to all things.

Philia Love – Philia is a friendly love amongst peers.

Storge Love – This is the natural love you feel for family. It is safe and unconditional.

Eros Love  – Eros love is intense, passionate and associated with arousal.

Platonic Love – While this term wasn’t used by the Greeks, the name refers to the Greek Philosopher Plato and his description of “love without physical attraction.”


The Triangular Theory of Love proposed by Yale professor and psychologist, Robert Sternberg, involves 3 components of “love” (passion, intimacy, and commitment) and how they combine to form the following types of love.

Consummate Love – Similar to Agape, this love is considered the deepest in this context. It involves the perfect proportions of the three components of love, and the love is long-term, strong and unconditional.

Fatuous Love – This is often present in tumultuous relationships that proceed quickly and end disastrously. It is driven by passion and commitment without intimacy.

Companionate Love – Familial love that involved deep intimacy and commitment.

Romantic Love – This love involves deep passion and intimacy. It is missing, or low on, the commitment component, though this can develop from such a relationship.

Empty Love – Commitment without passion or intimacy. This is often seen in long-term couples who may describe a “missing spark.”

Infatuated Love – A love driven by passion only. This is the “love” generally described when someone has a “crush.”

More definitions coming soon! 🙂 <3