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[mis-an-thruh-pee, miz-] /mɪsˈæn θrə pi, mɪz-/
hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.
Origin of misanthropy
From the Greek word mīsanthrōpía, dating back to 1650-60. See misanthrope, -y3
Can be confused
misandry, misanthropy, misogyny. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His smart sayings and repartees were taken for wisdom, and his misanthropy and residence in a tub for philosophy!

  • Even his misanthropy is only an inverted form of social solicitude.

  • It will be said, for instance, that there are different kinds of misanthropy.

  • May my ears be cropped if the Imperator's melancholy and misanthropy are so intense!

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He paused and smiled bitterly to himself, but Lucy was not in a mood to humor him in his misanthropy.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • If such a mental attitude be indulged, misanthropy is the result.

    The Basis of Morality Arthur Schopenhauer
  • It is sufficient that they were years of misanthropy and misery, almost of infidelity.

    Rutledge Miriam Coles Harris
  • It is a pity I cannot, for I lose a good deal by my misanthropy.

  • Because she seldom escapes one of two evils, dupedom or misanthropy.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • As his misanthropy deepened, he applied the same method to mankind at large.

    Swift Leslie Stephen
Word Origin and History for misanthropy

1650s, from Greek misanthropia "hatred of mankind," from misanthropos (see misanthrope).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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misanthropy in Medicine

misanthropy mis·an·thro·py (mĭs-ān'thrə-pē, mĭz-)
Hatred or mistrust of humankind.

mis'an·throp'ic (mĭs'ən-thrŏp'ĭk) adj.
mis'an·thrope' (mĭs'ən-thrōp', mĭz'-) or mis·an'thro·pist n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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