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 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 Céline’s deep misanthropy is the subject of his work. Jonathan Dee, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 The author is a bit of a misanthrope, but his misanthropy is central to the text and explains some of its appeal. Christian Alejandro Gonzalez, National Review, 21 Feb. 2021 This is lip-gloss misanthropy packaged as feminist manifesto, clever but not smart, cynical without being perceptive or particularly passionate. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 15 Jan. 2021 Her misanthropy is tempered somewhat by her employees, played wonderfully by David H. Holmes and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Eleanor Stanford, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2020

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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 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misanthropy

formal : dislike or hatred of other people


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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