mis·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌmi-sᵊn-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce misanthropic (audio) \

Definition of misanthropic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope He was shunned because of his miserable misanthropic nature.
2 : marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind The moral corruption he saw around him made him misanthropic.

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misanthropically \ ˌmi-​sᵊn-​ˈthrä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce misanthropically (audio) \ adverb

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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

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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.

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a misanthropic outlook on life that probably stems from a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse
Recent Examples on the Web Enlightened, which was canceled after two seasons, is probably the only show ever to be both misanthropic and life-affirming. Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 23 Dec. 2019 The Death Crystals revealed untold chilling end-of-life scenarios for him, all outcomes from time spent with his misanthropic grandfather. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Rick and Morty season 4 premieres with a thrilling multiversal time-twister," 11 Nov. 2019 Two years ago, the organization created a third way for feral cats unfit for adoption because of their misanthropic tendencies. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "‘These are working cats’: Meet the feral felines tasked with hunting rodents," 5 Nov. 2019 For the once misanthropic youths who grew up reading the always eldritch Lovecraft, the new title is a side-splitting romp through his oeuvre of oddities. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "“The Necronomnomnom”: your must-have guide to Halloween-season eats," 2 Oct. 2019 Lloyd, a sardonic type with a misanthropic streak, approaches the assignment with reluctance and annoyance. Los Angeles Times, "TIFF Critics Notebook: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ shake up festival rhythms," 11 Sep. 2019 Even misanthropic loners like Daria deserve a bestie, in this case one who is cynical and artsy. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The week in watching: Rhoda and TV besties, couples on the couch, and Sacha Baron Cohen, seriously," 1 Sep. 2019 Far from promoting social justice, this line of thought is patronizing and misanthropic and could create a racist double standard. Charlie Peters, National Review, "Glasgow University’s Curious Decision to Pay Itself Reparations," 28 Aug. 2019 Regan's reserved, mildly misanthropic demeanor has found its perfect match in Anna, a gracious host who's curious and chatty. Deborah Reid, Washington Post, "How acclaimed Chicago chef Iliana Regan found her bliss in the woods," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of misanthropic

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misanthropic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misanthropic. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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mis·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌmis-ᵊn-ˈthräp-ik How to pronounce misanthropic (audio) \

Medical Definition of misanthropic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope
2 : marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind

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