mi·sog·y·ny | \mə-ˈsä-jə-nē \

Definition of misogyny 

: a hatred of women lyrics that promote violence and misogyny

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Other Words from misogyny

misogynous \mə-ˈsä-jə-nəs \ or less commonly misogynic \ˌmi-sə-ˈji-nik, -ˈgī- \ adjective
misogynist \mə-ˈsä-jə-nist \ noun or adjective
misogynistic \mə-ˌsä-jə-ˈnis-tik \ adjective

The (Etymological) Roots of Misogyny

Misogyny may be distinguished from the closely related word sexism, which signifies discrimination based on sex (although it most frequently refers to discrimination against women) and also carries the meaning “behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.”

Misogyny refers specifically to a hatred of women. The word is formed from the Greek roots misein (“to hate”) and gynē (“woman”). Each of these roots can be found in other English words, both common and obscure. Gynē helped to form gynecologist and androgynous, and misein can be found in such words as misoneism (“a hatred, fear, or intolerance of innovation or change”) and misandry (“a hatred of men”).

Examples of misogyny in a Sentence

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The hashtag campaign showed that misogyny is not only incredibly prevalent, but that it is often committed by friends and acquaintances. Hannah Chubb, Marie Claire, "Hashtag Activism: A Timeline," 24 May 2018 The answer is that misogyny is far more embedded in Irish society than homophobia. Una Mullally, The Cut, "The War Over Women’s Bodies in Ireland Is Here," 24 May 2018 In the other, Bumble alleges that misogyny and bullying are integral to Tinder's DNA. Emily Gaudette, Newsweek, "Is Bumble Better Than Tinder? Dating Apps Are Battling for the Single Woman's Soul," 20 Mar. 2018 Commentators blasted the promotion as an attempt to capitalize on themes of rape, misogyny, and unbridled patriarchy. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Oprah Winfrey Empire, Angela Merkel, Paternity Leave: Broadsheet July 12th," 12 July 2018 Gadsby continues, giving her unfiltered and honest thoughts on misogyny, sexism, politics, and art. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Nanette Is The Netflix Special That's Going To Change Comedy — & The World," 27 June 2018 Racist invective, misogyny, rape and death threats, all hurled at her constantly, unrelentingly, transforming what had been a Cinderella story — The Last Jedi was Tran’s first major film —into a modern-day nightmare. Marc Bernardin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toxic Fandom Is Killing 'Star Wars'," 11 June 2018 To firebrands like Lena Morrow Lewis, who had risen quickly to become one of the Socialist Party’s most well-known organizers and orators, the misogyny of the party’s male membership was blinding them to societal realities. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 Since Clemmons’ tweets, other women have come forward with stories of alleged verbal abuse and misogyny by Diaz. Washington Post, "Author Junot Diaz faces sexual misconduct allegations," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of misogyny

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misogyny

Greek misogynia, from misein to hate + gynē woman — more at queen

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to reject or criticize sharply

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