mis·an·thro·py | \mi-ˈsan(t)-thrə-pē \

Definition of misanthropy 

: a hatred or distrust of humankind

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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 Among the many elements that Coover imitates so well is Twain’s misanthropy, his macabre sense of humor and his perpetually offended innocence. Ron Charles, The Denver Post, "Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are back — and all growed up," 20 Jan. 2017 But this was less partisan politics than the strategic use of misanthropy to hide from one’s own self-hatred—or at least that is the overwhelming impression given by Sherman’s book. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "How Roger Ailes Degraded the Tone of Public Life in America," 19 May 2017 Santino, back in my good graces after his role in the trainwreck that was ABC's Mixology, brings a welcome dash of grumpy misanthropy. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I'm Dying Up Here': TV Review," 16 May 2017

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1625, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misanthropy

: dislike or hatred of other people


mis·an·thro·py | \mis-ˈan(t)-thrə-pē \
plural misanthropies

Medical Definition of misanthropy 

: a hatred or distrust of humankind

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evasion of direct action or statement

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