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.

Other Words from misanthropic

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for misanthropic



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for misanthropic

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

Did you know?

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.

Examples of misanthropic in a Sentence

a misanthropic outlook on life that probably stems from a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse
Recent Examples on the Web Men is indeed an anxious, even misanthropic film, rapturous in its vision of solitude and quick to remind the viewer of how fragile and fleeting that solitude can be. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Nicholson would win his third Oscar for playing a misanthropic, misogynistic author who forges an unlikely friendship with a waitress and an artist. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 22 Apr. 2022 But that is misanthropic—maybe, at its core, inhumane. Latria Graham, Outside Online, 21 Sep. 2020 Helen Mirren plays a single mother who develops a relationship with a misanthropic author (Jack Nicholson) in James L. Brook’s winning dramedy. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 11 Feb. 2022 Especially, of course, for any composer with a deep misanthropic streak, like Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, the frontman for the quirk-rocking, lower-case eels. Tom Lanham, SPIN, 27 Jan. 2022 There are misanthropic doctors and bishops with gambling debts. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2022 The scrutiny wreaks havoc on the misanthropic Jones, who would rather hide out at her local bar, drinking away past traumas. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Is there anything more misanthropic and sociopathic in our national politics? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'misanthropic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of misanthropic

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About misanthropic

Time Traveler for misanthropic

Time Traveler

The first known use of misanthropic was in 1762

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near misanthropic




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for misanthropic

Last Updated

21 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Misanthropic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misanthropic. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for misanthropic


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

More from Merriam-Webster on misanthropic

Nglish: Translation of misanthropic for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!