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[mis-an-thruh-pee, miz-]
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  1. hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.
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Origin of misanthropy

From the Greek word mīsanthrōpía, dating back to 1650–60. See misanthrope, -y3
Can be confusedmisandry misanthropy misogyny
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Related Words for misanthropy

doubt, distrust, pessimism, bitterness, sarcasm, misanthropy, misandry

Examples from the Web for misanthropy

Historical Examples of misanthropy

  • At this period of my life, ennui was very near turning into misanthropy.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

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

  • Her books are a sovereign remedy for depression and misanthropy.

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

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

Word Origin and History for misanthropy


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

misanthropy in Medicine


(mĭs-ănthrə-pē, mĭz-)
  1. Hatred or mistrust of humankind.
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Related formsmis′an•thropic (mĭs′ən-thrŏpĭk) adj.misan•thrope′ (mĭsən-thrōp′, mĭz-) null n.
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