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

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.

Examples of misanthropic in a Sentence

a misanthropic outlook on life that probably stems from a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse

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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 When Bernadette ventures out into the world, wrapped up in scarves and donning large sunglasses, her interactions with people are colored by her misanthropic snark. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and the False Dream That Art Will Fulfill You," 22 Aug. 2019 Trump and some Republican allies sought to shift attention to mental illness and the misanthropic effects of video game culture. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump goes soft on terrorism," 6 Aug. 2019 In guises ranging from draconian schoolmarm to misanthropic homeless man (complete with scratchy voice and scraggly beard), Blanchett performs self-serious monologues assembled from excerpts of artistic manifestoes. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Cate Blanchett Dons 13 Guises in This Daring Art Installation," 26 July 2019 And both series are more than a little misanthropic in their views of humanity. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Did you love 'Chernobyl'? Then watch 'The Terror' next," 17 June 2019

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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 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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