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misanthrope

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noun mis·an·thrope \ˈmi-sən-ˌthrōp\

Simple Definition of misanthrope

  • : a person who does not like other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of misanthrope

  1. :  a person who hates or distrusts humankind

Examples of misanthrope in a sentence

  1. Many members of the contemporary movie audience, only marginally socialized, would have made a misanthrope of Gandhi; they undermine every argument for intelligent design in the universe. —James Morris, Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2005

  2. It is perhaps not the healthiest tendency for a man who is already if not a hermit at least a part-time misanthrope. —Edmund White, Vanity Fair, September 1996

  3. Rather she is the genuine article, a misanthrope so pure she can't understand “why solitary confinement is considered punishment.” —Lewis Burke Frumkes, New York Times Book Review, 10 May 1992

  4. The young people thought him a gloomy misanthrope, because he never joined in their sports—the old men thought still more hardly of him, because he followed no trade, … —Washington Irving, [Salmagundi November 24, 1807], in History, Tales, and Sketches, 1977

  5. <a former misanthrope who now professes a newly discovered love of mankind>



misanthropes and Other Haters

Misanthrope comes from the Greek misanthrōpos “hating humankind” and was very likely popularized by the French playwright Moliere's Le Misanthrope, which depicts a bitter critic of society who chooses exile over contact with other people. In English, misanthrope (or its anglicized equivalent, misanthropist) has been applied to many a perceived antisocial crank, from satirist Jonathan Swift to philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to Charles Dicken’s character Ebenezer Scrooge. It is one of several English words beginning with mis- (from Greek misein "to hate") naming persons who despise something or someone. The most familiar example nowadays is misogynist, used of a person who hates women. Two lesser-known variations on the theme are misandrist “one who hates men” and misopedist “a person who hates children.”

Origin and Etymology of misanthrope

Greek misanthrōpos hating humankind, from misein to hate + anthrōpos human being


First Known Use: 1683


Medical Dictionary

misanthrope

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noun mis·an·thrope \ˈmis-ən-ˌthrōp\

Medical Definition of misanthrope

  1. :  a person who hates or distrusts humankind





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