[mi-soj-uh-nee, mahy-]


hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women.

Compare misandry.

Origin of misogyny

From the New Latin word misogynia, dating back to 1650–60. See miso-, gyn-, -y3
Related formsmi·sog·y·nic, mi·sog·y·nous, mi·sog·y·nis·tic, adjectivemi·sog·y·nist, noun
Can be confusedmisandry misanthropy misogyny
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Examples from the Web for misogyny

Contemporary Examples of misogyny

Historical Examples of misogyny

  • When he and I dwelt there together, the pavilion had been a temple of misogyny.

  • Compulsory asceticism has bred misogyny, and misogyny scruples.


    Gertrude Atherton

  • Katherine Devlin is another creature of her maker's misogyny.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights

    Cornelius Weygandt

  • In his present humor of misogyny he wondered why it was thought to be necessary to put a woman in everything.

  • As they fell in love and out again with the facility of so many Romeos, they discoursed among themselves as to his misogyny.

    The Crux

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

British Dictionary definitions for misogyny



hatred of women
Derived Formsmisogynist, noun, adjectivemisogynistic or misogynous, adjective

Word Origin for misogyny

C17: from Greek, from miso- + gunē woman
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Word Origin and History for misogyny

1650s, from Modern Latin misogynia, from Greek misogynia, from misogynes "woman-hater," from miso- (see miso-) + gyne "woman" (see queen).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

misogyny in Medicine




Hatred of women.
Related formsmi•sogy•nist n.mi•sog′y•nistic adj.
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