[ mi-soj-uh-nee, mahy- ]
/ mɪˈsɒdʒ ə ni, maɪ- /


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 forms

mi·sog·y·nic, mi·sog·y·nous, mi·sog·y·nis·tic, adjectivemi·sog·y·nist, noun

Can be confused

misandry misanthropy misogyny
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British Dictionary definitions for misogyny


/ (mɪˈsɒdʒɪnɪ, maɪ-) /


hatred of women

Derived Forms

misogynist, noun, adjectivemisogynistic or misogynous, adjective

Word Origin for misogyny

C17: from Greek, from miso- + gunē woman
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Medicine definitions for misogyny


[ mĭ-sŏjə-nē ]


Hatred of women.

Related forms

mi•sogy•nist n.mi•sog′y•nistic adj.
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