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misanthropic

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adjective mis·an·throp·ic \ˌmi-sən-ˈthrä-pik\

Definition of misanthropic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope

  2. 2 :  marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind

misanthropically

play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of misanthropic in a sentence

  1. <a misanthropic outlook on life that probably stems from a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse>



Did You Know?

Jonathan Swift was famous for the misanthropy of works such as Gulliver's Travels which make fun of all kinds of human foolishness. But in spite of his apparent misanthropic attitude, he spent a third of his income on founding a hospital and another third on other charities—certainly not the acts of a true misanthrope. Today we often use synonyms such as cynic and grinch for misanthropic types—while hoping we don't meet too many of them.

1762

First Known Use of misanthropic

1762

Synonym Discussion of misanthropic

cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic mean deeply distrustful. cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity <cynical about politicians' motives>. misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society <a solitary and misanthropic artist>. pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life <pessimistic about the future>.

Medical Dictionary

misanthropic

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adjective mis·an·throp·ic \ˌmis-ən-ˈthräp-ik\

Medical Definition of misanthropic

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope

  2. 2:  marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind





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