[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-
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Examples from the Web for misanthropist

Historical Examples of misanthropist

  • It was evident, that, had he not been a courtier, he would have been a misanthropist.

    Manners, Vol 1 of 3

    Frances Brooke

  • Most people hate the misanthropist even if they are forced to admire his power.


    Leslie Stephen

  • As one may glean from her verbal tilt with Sandeau, she was not a recluse or a misanthropist.


    Albert Payson Terhune

  • I don't believe you're half the misanthropist you make yourself out.

    Poor Relations

    Compton Mackenzie

  • I fear he will finally become a misanthropist, but I am not very sure.

    Over Here

    Hector MacQuarrie

British Dictionary definitions for misanthropist


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 misanthropist



"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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