[mis-uh n-throhp, miz-]


a hater of humankind.

Also mis·an·thro·pist [mis-an-thruh-pist, miz‐] /mɪsˈæn θrə pɪst, mɪz‐/.

Origin of misanthrope

1555–65; noun use of Greek mīsánthrōpos hating humankind, misanthropic. See mis-2, anthropo-

Le Misanthrope

[French luh mee-zahn-trawp]


a comedy (1666) by Molière.
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Related Words for misanthrope

doubter, egotist, skeptic, loner, egoist, misanthropist, recluse, cynic, hater, isolate

Examples from the Web for misanthrope

Contemporary Examples of misanthrope

Historical Examples of misanthrope

  • 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?

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for misanthrope


misanthropist (mɪˈzænθrəpɪst)


a person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general
Derived Formsmisanthropic (ˌmɪzənˈθrɒpɪk) or misanthropical, adjectivemisanthropically, adverbmisanthropy (mɪˈzænθrəpɪ), noun

Word Origin for misanthrope

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.

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