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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Recent Examples on the Web Her misanthropy is tempered somewhat by her employees, played wonderfully by David H. Holmes and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Eleanor Stanford, New York Times, "The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon and More in February," 13 Jan. 2020 But Thornton’s Willie is a stand-in for every mistreated and maladjusted soul who has ever had to feign merriment just to make it through the holidays without oozing misanthropy all over the place. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019 This is the music of advanced-level misanthropy, with the fierce technical skills to craft a lacerating musical landscape to match the stomach-churning aesthetic. John Adamian, courant.com, "Morbid Angel, death metal pioneer, at the Webster," 6 Dec. 2019 Next, the spirits of Christmas past, present and future make their appearances to reveal how Dolores slid into misanthropy. oregonlive, "‘A Xmas Cuento Remix’ offers a heartwarming story about redemption and the importance of familia," 2 Dec. 2019 The representatives of the constitutional state must use all means available against hate, violence and misanthropy. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, "Germany ‘must protect Jewish life,’ its president says at site of attack near synagogue," 10 Oct. 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

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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 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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