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

Recent Examples on the Web

This brand has been built on misogyny and indulging/provoking men. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Potential Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Plus-Size, Transgender, and Disabled Models Speak Out," 8 Nov. 2018 Educate yourself and do the work to uproot white supremacy, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and fat phobia/body shaming in yourself. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Can I Find Safe and Inclusive Gyms?," 23 Oct. 2018 Women have lived with sexism and misogyny every day for centuries. Sohini Bhattacharya, Harper's BAZAAR, "Are You Complicit in Misogyny?," 1 May 2018 You’ve been accused of misogyny, largely because of the female characters in your novels. Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek, "Martin Amis Takes Aim at Donald Trump, Questions Stormy Daniels and Celebrates Meghan Markle," 5 Feb. 2018 From the outset, satirical representations like the Revenge of the Nerds series were riddled with toxic misogyny, but the modern-day real-life versions (GamerGate, Milo, 4chan) are so much worse. Ed Blair, Chicago Reader, "Chip-Hop artist Mega Ran brings nerd anthems to the arcade machines at Emporium," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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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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