mis·​an·​thro·​py | \ mi-ˈsan(t)-thrə-pē How to pronounce misanthropy (audio) \

Definition of misanthropy

: a hatred or distrust of humankind

Examples of misanthropy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a gleeful misanthropy that runs throughout your music. Andy O'connor, SPIN, 19 Apr. 2022 Reading in a public place is not an act of misanthropy, an in-your-face screw you to the people around us. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, 19 Feb. 2022 Perhaps the best, most unpleasant variant here is Jostein, whose misanthropy emerges on a bender that tallies, at a rough count, 10 beers, six Jägermeisters, four glasses of wine, two vodka Red Bulls, two gin and tonics and a whiskey. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 The autumnal melancholy one expects in a solitary rambler is instead a wintry misanthropy, leading not to observational insight but to sneers. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Her fiction, full of misanthropy, madness and murder, tends to be viewed through the lens of her personal torments and, more generally, of the misogyny of the age. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 9 July 2021 Perfect for budding ornithologists or the misanthropy-curious, this midsize guano-and-stone property boasts the wildlife of a birdhouse and the night life of a lighthouse. Simon Webster, The New Yorker, 14 May 2021 Under conditions like these, Highsmith could protect her misanthropy, indulge her alcoholism and homosexuality; her creature, Ripley, can move into a new, better identity altogether. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 His manner was one of friendly imperiousness and skepticism, with a hint of misanthropy. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of misanthropy

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Misanthropy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misanthropy. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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mis·​an·​thro·​py | \ mis-ˈan(t)-thrə-pē How to pronounce misanthropy (audio) \
plural misanthropies

Medical Definition of misanthropy

: a hatred or distrust of humankind

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