mi·​sog·​y·​ny | \ mə-ˈsä-jə-nē How to pronounce misogyny (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web However, the back and forth has created a debate about sexism among Generation Z and whether the phrases are, in fact, meant to be humorous or are an incarnation of misogyny. NBC News, "'OK wallet': Young women fire back at misogynistic name-calling on TikTok," 21 May 2020 His is a clueless, paternal sort of misogyny as compared to Trump’s oeuvre of degradation, contempt, and physical violence. Jess Mcintosh, refinery29.com, "Women Are Working Hard To Elect Joe Biden. Here’s What We Should Get In Return.," 17 Apr. 2020 This novel is about the banality of the evil that is systemic misogyny. New York Times, "In This Korean Best Seller, a Young Mother Is Driven to Psychosis," 14 Apr. 2020 Girard, wishing to mute the apparent misogyny of the plot, made the Dutchman’s gold an array of glowing crystals, apparently of cosmic significance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Valery Gergiev Weighs Down the Met’s New “Flying Dutchman”," 16 Mar. 2020 In accepting the trophy, Phoenix spoke earnestly and at times haltingly about various social issues, including the misogyny and racial prejudice of the film business, as well as ecological devastation, animal rights and vegetarianism. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "Oscars 2020: The top moments from Hollywood's big night," 10 Feb. 2020 Waldman’s anti-hero, up-and-coming writer Nate, exemplifies the would-be progressive male intellectuals who pay lip service to feminism while merrily enjoying and perpetuating the misogyny of the literary world. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "To be a better ally, I gave up reading books by men for 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 To be sure, Moore is aware of the sexism and overt misogyny Thatcher suffered throughout her career. Elaine Showalter, Washington Post, "Margaret Thatcher’s last stand," 6 Dec. 2019 Planned Parenthood responds to T.I.’s revelation about going to the gynecologist with his daughter His comments earlier this month incited an impassioned debate about whether his views were appropriate dad fodder or dripping in misogyny. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "In ‘Red Table Talk’ interview, T.I. says he was ‘joking’ about daughter’s virginity check," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of misogyny was circa 1656

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Misogyny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misogyny. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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