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 misanthropic (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 The writing is brilliant, bringing to life a narrator with a penetrating gaze and a mordant, misanthropic voice. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "Lauren Oyler Is a Tough Critic of Contemporary Fiction. Can Her Novel Do Better?," 11 Feb. 2021 The dark comedy about a bunch of misanthropic lunatics in a Philadelphia bar has been surprisingly consistent over its remarkable run — season 14 starts this September! Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 Her new book caps off her trilogy of collections of briny, splendidly misanthropic riffs on chronic illness and all the mutinies of the body, lust, aging, her two dead parents, her two white stepchildren. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The low-budget black comedy that introduced Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor to the cinema world is a Coen brothers homage shot through with a misanthropic sense of humor. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Horror Movies Are for Everyone," 19 Oct. 2020 The plot’s template has been much-copied over the years: Bill Murray’s misanthropic newsman travels to a quaint town and gets stuck endlessly reliving the second of February, unable to break out of the loop. David Sims, The Atlantic, "10 Perfect Films to Watch While Stuck at Home," 20 Mar. 2020 This consists of four parts and, based on a 2008 novel of the same name, chronicles a 25-year relationship between a misanthropic woman (Frances McDormand) and her sweet husband (Richard Jenkins). Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Afraid of commitment? Here are 22 one-season shows to stream right now.," 26 Mar. 2020 This is rooted in the same antisocial and misanthropic impulse behind camping. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Hermit Kingdoms," 11 Mar. 2020 Two years ago, the organization created a third way for feral cats unfit for adoption because of their misanthropic tendencies. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "‘These are working cats’: Meet the feral D.C. felines tasked with hunting rodents," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of misanthropic

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misanthropic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misanthropic. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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