mis·​an·​drist | \ ˈmi-ˌsan-drist How to pronounce misandrist (audio) \
plural misandrists

Definition of misandrist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who hates men The best example of why not all feminists are misandrists is the fact that men can be feminists.— David Bubbins



Definition of misandrist (Entry 2 of 2)

: characterized by or expressing misandry or hatred of men Most guys, if they are honest with themselves, can recognize the kernel of truth in these misandrist barbs about how they conduct themselves in domestic and relationship affairs.— Sam McManis Misandrist imagery is not confined to journalism. Soap operas are full of male figures who are pathetic, aggressive or just plain stupid.— Jack O'Sullivan

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.”

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1871, in the meaning defined above


1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Misandrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misandrist. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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mis·​an·​drist | \ ˈmis-ˌan-drist How to pronounce misandrist (audio) \

Medical Definition of misandrist

: a person who hates men — compare misogynist

Other Words from misandrist

misandrist adjective
misandry \ -​drē How to pronounce misandrist (audio) \ noun, plural misandries

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