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[mi-soj-uh-nee, mahy-] /mɪˈsɒdʒ ə ni, maɪ-/
hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women.
Compare misandry.
Origin of misogyny
From the New Latin word misogynia, dating back to 1650-60. See miso-, gyn-, -y3
Related forms
misogynic, misogynous, misogynistic, adjective
misogynist, noun
Can be confused
misandry, misanthropy, misogyny. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for misogyny
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  • When he and I dwelt there together, the pavilion had been a temple of misogyny.

  • Compulsory asceticism has bred misogyny, and misogyny scruples.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • Katherine Devlin is another creature of her maker's misogyny.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights Cornelius Weygandt
  • In his present humor of misogyny he wondered why it was thought to be necessary to put a woman in everything.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • As they fell in love and out again with the facility of so many Romeos, they discoursed among themselves as to his misogyny.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
British Dictionary definitions for misogyny


/mɪˈsɒdʒɪnɪ; maɪ-/
hatred of women
Derived Forms
misogynist, noun, adjective
misogynistic, misogynous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, from miso- + gunē woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misogyny

1650s, from Modern Latin misogynia, from Greek misogynia, from misogynes "woman-hater," from miso- (see miso-) + gyne "woman" (see queen).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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misogyny in Medicine

misogyny mi·sog·y·ny (mĭ-sŏj'ə-nē)
Hatred of women.

mi·sog'y·nist n.
mi·sog'y·nis'tic adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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