mi·​sog·​y·​nist | \ mə-ˈsä-jə-nist How to pronounce misogynist (audio) \
plural misogynists

Definition of misogynist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



Definition of misogynist (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

First Known Use of misogynist


1620, in the meaning defined above


1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Misogynist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misogynist. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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mi·​sog·​y·​nist | \ mə-ˈsäj-ə-nəst How to pronounce misogynist (audio) \

Medical Definition of misogynist

: a person who hates women — compare misandrist

Other Words from misogynist

misogynist adjective
misogyny \ mə-​ˈsäj-​ə-​nē How to pronounce misogynist (audio) \ noun, plural misogynies


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