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

Some have worried that Trump's vulgar comments might embolden men to also disrespect women and repeat patterns of misogyny and harassment. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Man Arrested for Groping Woman on Flight Tells Police That Donald Trump 'Says It's OK'," 23 Oct. 2018 At the time, the conservative blogger’s life and writings were beginning to come under scrutiny, leading to charges of misogyny and worse. Gabriel Pogrund, The Seattle Times, "‘How’d you find me?’: Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge has been holed up in a beach house amid media firestorm," 24 Sep. 2018 And there’s a distinction between incidents of domestic violence that also become mass shootings, and mass shootings by people with a history of domestic abuse or misogyny. Anna North, Vox, "At Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.," 21 Nov. 2018 This kind of unchecked misogyny turns into real life violence. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Tess Holliday, Natalie Hage, and Whitney Way Thore Speak Out Against Death Threats," 10 Nov. 2018 The misogyny of the ballet world has been whispered about for decades; now, it's being shouted. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "A Ballet Dancer Claims Nude Photos Were Taken Without Her Consent. Now She’s Suing the New York City Ballet.," 6 Sep. 2018 Transphobia and misogyny flow through the film as much as blood, staining what might have been a solid genre effort. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "Hardcore horror 'Incident in a Ghostland' tainted by hate," 21 June 2018 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

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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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