misogynist

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noun

mi·​sog·​y·​nist mə-ˈsä-jə-nist How to pronounce misogynist (audio)
plural misogynists
: a person who hates or discriminates against women : a misogynistic person
These comments attempt to cut much deeper, striking women at what misogynists see as their most valuable characteristics: appearance, sexual purity, sweetness and submissiveness.Julie DiCaro
"Obviously, there are a lot of male firefighters in the agency who are pro-diversity, who want women on their crews and want women to get ahead. But there are enough misogynists who want to keep women out of the field and out of managerial positions."Lesa Donnelly
If it's easier for racists and misogynists to find each other online, it's also easier for people who have experienced racism and misogyny to seek each other out and find validation.Schuyler Velasco

misogynist

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adjective

: feeling, showing, or characterized by hatred of or prejudice against women : misogynistic
misogynist comments
misogynist thinking
But scratch the surface and it's easy to see that these two stories are deeply rooted in misogynist fears about allowing women access to the halls of power.Amanda Marcotte
Guests were more diverse in age, race, and gender than any self-selected collection of human beings I've ever seen. The cult of the self-centered, misogynist, white male nerd persists in many milieus, but I found no evidence of it at Con of Thrones.Kaitlyn Tiffany
Hence the growing unease as we turn to Boccaccio's later works. Why has the man become so poisonously misogynist?Tim Parks
… from the outset the boys' claim on the farm is so relentless and coldly misogynist that no possible kindness offered by Mrs. Cope could disarm their determination to have the whole place for themselves.Louise Westling

Examples of misogynist in a Sentence

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Noun
So that’s one self-destructive alcoholic and one violent misogynist echoing through Ken’s Christmas single. Vulture, 25 Dec. 2023 Of course, Ono became best known outside the avant-garde art world as the partner of John Lennon — and, for decades, a scapegoat for the breakup of the Beatles, which many consider to be a convenient misogynist and anti-Asian claim. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 This is what the misogynists don’t like: women who don’t fall into submissive-adjacent roles. Raven Smith, Vogue, 11 July 2023 Ever the eloquent misogynist, Matsson outlines his rationale. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 28 May 2023 After all, today’s kids face a chaotic media landscape far more problematic than Dahl’s perverse obsessions; TikTok is vomiting out Andrew Tate clips, radicalizing 11-year-olds into misogynists, and YouTube is churning out nightmare fuel by the hour. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 My Year of Rest and Relaxation, a rich, beautiful young woman is unable to locate a reason to continue living and retreats to her apartment to spend a year self-medicating, removed from the major bummer of her own life, which includes an unsatisfying relationship with a misogynist. Naomi Huffman, The Atlantic, 7 Aug. 2022 Fredo Spanos, called a misogynist in a suit by sister Dea in an effort to take control of The NFL Team That Used To Be Here — and sell it — is puzzled. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 The jerks and the misogynists have so far been left to shape the metaverse in their own image. Moira Donegan, ELLE, 14 Apr. 2023
Adjective
Here was a woman who feared that she would be married off in her teens and instead got to act as a liberator of her people, doing battle with a murderous, misogynist foe. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 The rise of misogynist influencers At the same time as young men are turning away from feminism, misogynist men are rising in popularity online. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 Grossberg had accused Fox News of pressuring her into giving false testimony in Dominion Voting Systems’ historic defamation case against the network, and of fostering a deeply misogynist workplace. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 30 June 2023 Some saw it as misogynist and shallow; some saw it as a blockbuster auteur’s return to form. Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 She was largely ignored in her own era — in no small part because of misogynist assumptions about female intellect — and succeeding epochs were no kinder, with her work either dismissed or, at best, viewed as an eccentric curiosity. Anne M. Thell, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 The biography had only been meaningfully called to task, before the allegations, in a single review in The New Republic, by Laura Marsh, for its indulgent, at times misogynist and crass, belief in Roth’s version of events. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 The series adapts a Flemish drama about five sisters who agree to murder one’s misogynist husband. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2023 Must freedom from domestic servitude and misogynist narratives preclude humor? Sara Holdren, Vulture, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1620, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misogynist was in 1620

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“Misogynist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misogynist. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

misogynist

noun
mi·​sog·​y·​nist
mə-ˈsäj-ə-nəst
: one who hates or distrusts women
misogyny
-ə-nē
noun

Medical Definition

misogynist

noun
mi·​sog·​y·​nist mə-ˈsäj-ə-nəst How to pronounce misogynist (audio)
: a person who hates women compare misandrist
misogynist adjective
misogyny noun
plural misogynies
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