mis·​an·​throp·​ic | \ˌmi-sᵊn-ˈthrä-pik \

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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Other Words from misanthropic

misanthropically \ -​pi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for misanthropic


cynical, pessimistic



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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

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What had started as a frisky romance built of the alluring but classically patronizing male-director/female-star relationship quickly devolves into a jokey wade into a petulant, misanthropic mind. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "'Godard Mon Amour' isn't as smart or funny a sendup as it wants to be," 19 Apr. 2018 But in 1870, the great Jules Verne imagined Captain Nemo as a misanthropic, Homeric wanderer, at the helm of a great submarine on an endless voyage. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "11 recommended shows to see right now," 12 July 2018 Desperate to leave the event (an unsurprising perspective given his general misanthropic behavior), William sneaks off to a bar and orders a drink. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Bloodbath Sets the Stage For a Deadly Finale," 17 June 2018 Her extroverted friendliness was a counterpoint to my own distrustful, misanthropic tendencies. Beverly Donofrio, Longreads, "The Friend That Got Away," 16 Mar. 2018 The adventures of the misanthropic, super-strong private investigator (Krysten Ritter) continue with 13 fresh episodes. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of March 4-10," 3 Mar. 2018 His misanthropic creator—an alcoholic, bitter junk-dealer—assembled him out of an ethnically diverse assortment of body parts, scavenged carefully from the remains of suicide-bombing victims. The Economist, "War babyFrankenstein and the war in Iraq," 15 Feb. 2018 But Anderson's prose is highly evocative of his setting, his characters satisfyingly quirky and misanthropic, and his plot surprising to the end. Amy Wang, OregonLive.com, "Bookmarks: 2018 Oregon Book Awards finalists announced," 30 Jan. 2018 Light is your average misanthropic, borderline-genius high-schooler. Laura Bradley, HWD, "What’s the Big Deal About Death Note? A Guide for the Uninitiated," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of misanthropic

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mis·​an·​throp·​ic | \ˌmis-ᵊn-ˈthräp-ik \

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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