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[mis-uh n-throhp, miz-] /ˈmɪs ənˌθroʊp, ˈmɪz-/
a hater of humankind.
Also, misanthropist
[mis-an-thruh-pist, miz‐] /mɪsˈæn θrə pɪst, mɪz‐/ (Show IPA)
Origin of misanthrope
1555-65; noun use of Greek mīsánthrōpos hating humankind, misanthropic. See mis-2, anthropo-

Le Misanthrope

[French luh mee-zahn-trawp] /French lə mi zɑ̃ˈtrɔp/
a comedy (1666) by Molière. Unabridged
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  • The misanthrope and the reckless are neither agitated nor agonised.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • But how is it that you alone, Antisthenes, you misanthrope, love nobody?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • He found comfort in the fact that Molire's misanthrope was on his side.

  • And whether there were no means of inducing him to cease to be a misanthrope?

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • A misanthrope hates all mankind, but is kind to every individual, generally too kind.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • misanthrope is the potato: rough and repulsive outside, but good to the core.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • So young, and already such a misanthrope—afraid of the world!

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • He rarely smiled, and when he did it was the smile of the cynic and misanthrope.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • It would be only a misanthrope who would assert that he has no interest in his fellows.

    Conversation Mary Greer Conklin
British Dictionary definitions for misanthrope


a person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general
Derived Forms
misanthropic (ˌmɪzənˈθrɒpɪk), misanthropical, adjective
misanthropically, adverb
misanthropy (mɪˈzænθrəpɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek mīsanthrōpos, from misos hatred + anthrōpos man
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Word Origin and History for misanthrope

"one who hates mankind," 1560s, from Greek misanthropos "hating mankind," from misein "to hate" (see miso-) + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-). Alternative form misanthropist is attested from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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