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


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: 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

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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.”

Examples of misandrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Michelle herself was saluted through the competitive Afro-misandrist fantasy The Woman King and the New Age agnosticism of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Armond White, National Review, 18 Jan. 2023 The dog is an unapologetic misandrist. Elisa Albert, Longreads, 28 Apr. 2020 This film of a widowed housewife (Delphine Seyrig) — her routine chores, maternal social-role obligations, and limited freedom (to prostitute herself, then exact murderous revenge on a male client) — is deliberately anti-dramatic and misandrist. Armond White, National Review, 7 Dec. 2022 French female filmmakers differ from their American counterparts, seeming less defensive, less doctrinaire, and not at all misandrist. Armond White, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 Maybe try a less confrontational approach and not using buzz words like misandrist. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021
Fishback carries these off with a misandrist contempt, then a boyish swagger. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1871, in the meaning defined above


1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misandrist was in 1871

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“Misandrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misandrist. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


mis·​an·​drist ˈmis-ˌan-drist How to pronounce misandrist (audio)
: a person who hates men compare misogynist
misandrist adjective
misandry noun
plural misandries

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