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Definition of misogyny

: a hatred of women lyrics that promote violence and misogyny

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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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Her misogyny is the enforcement structure of sexism. The Economist, "How to change a word’s meaning," 22 June 2019 As a young woman who had to reconcile her deep love for hip hop culture with the misogyny present in music videos and rap songs, Baby Phat meant so much more to me. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "The Best Baby Phat Fashion Moments of All Time, Ahead of the Relaunch," 13 Mar. 2019 The villains of the show, then, are those who attempt to quash the witches’ power, and their desire to kill off the witches becomes synonymous with misogyny. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Hostility to Hillary Clinton was not, as Snyder suggests, the result of misogyny among the Kremlin’s ideologists. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Shamans and religious leaders entrenched this misogyny with faiths based on divinely ordained male dominance. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 Wearing a corset in 2018 is about standing up straight, showing off my body with pride, and even, in a way, armoring myself against little daily misogynies. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Buying and Wearing a Corset in The Era of #MeToo," 25 July 2018 Hours later, after Clemmons tweeted that Diaz cornered and forcibly kissed her six years ago, other women took to social media to share their stories of verbal abuse and perceived misogyny by him. Washington Post, "Fall of edgy author Diaz disappoints, confounds followers," 12 May 2018 In the book, which was written with Globe reporter Jenn Abelson, Prout describes a culture at St. Paul’s steeped in money and misogyny. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "St. Paul’s ‘badly handled’ departure of teacher accused of having relationship with a student," 9 Mar. 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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