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

Definition of misanthropy

: a hatred or distrust of humankind

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The image of grumpy people dressed in black, spending hours in drafty churches hating nature and getting their misanthropy refreshed, makes their most beautiful ideas seem merely hypocritical. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 The Economist: Using your methods, won’t empathy simply develop in those who are prone to be empathetic anyway—leaving the most vile people unaffected and the world unimproved: a snowflake of kindness amid a blizzard of misanthropy? K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 Etsy One of the marvels of the modern day gift market is the way that its journals, magnets, and coffee mugs swing wildly between smiling beneficence and saucy declarations of misanthropy. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 His default mode is a kind of prickly joviality, a gregarious misanthropy. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 One simply cannot keep up with, much less respond with proper outrage to, all of this guy's scandals, bungles, blame-shifting, name-calling and missteps, his sundry acts of mendacity, misanthropy, perversity and idiocy. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump hasn’t drained any swamps, but he’s exhausted our shock capacity," 21 Jan. 2018 But what’s most obnoxious about this phenomenon is its misanthropy. Christine Manganaro, Slate Magazine, "Why the Raw Water Movement Is So Obnoxious," 5 Jan. 2018 But Pie takes those beliefs to their extreme, shouting down opponents in a tangled, profane rush of misanthropy and ire. Chris Stokel-walker, Newsweek, "Fictional News Reporter Jonathan Pie Stages His YouTube Act Live for a Post-Truth World," 16 Jan. 2017 Such mind-bending antics aren’t for everyone, and Rick and Morty also has a streak of wild misanthropy that will alienate some viewers. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Rick and Morty Is Actually Righteous Science Fiction," 22 July 2017

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1625, in the meaning defined above

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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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