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[mis-uhn-throp-ik, miz-]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope.
  2. characterized by misanthropy.
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Also mis·an·throp·i·cal.

Origin of misanthropic

First recorded in 1755–65; misanthrope + -ic
Related formsmis·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mis·an·throp·ic, adjectiveun·mis·an·throp·i·cal, adjectiveun·mis·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for misanthropical

Historical Examples

  • But they will all have gone, not one of them will have been misanthropical enough to remain at home.

    Goethe and Schiller

    L. Mhlbach

  • But this distinguished era is blotted by no one misanthropical vice.

  • He set out alone; not that he was in the least misanthropical; but he was a poet.

    The Prussian Terror

    Alexandre Dumas

  • The trouble is the pleasure, in most cases, most misanthropical miss!

    The Daisy Chain

    Charlotte Yonge

  • In noticing the solitary meal of the Maldivian islander, another reason may be alleged for this misanthropical repast.

Word Origin and History for misanthropical



1762, from misanthrope + -ic. Earlier was misanthropical (1620s).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper