misanthropy

[mis-an-thruh-pee, miz-]

noun

hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.

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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Word Origin and History for misanthropy
n.

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

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Medicine definitions for misanthropy

misanthropy

[mĭs-ănthrə-pē, mĭz-]

n.

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