mis·​o·​pho·​nia ˌmi-sō-ˈfō-nē-ə How to pronounce misophonia (audio)
: a condition in which one or more common sounds (such as the ticking of a clock, the hum of a fluorescent light, or the chewing or breathing of another person) cause an atypical emotional response (such as disgust, distress, panic, or anger) in the affected person hearing the sound
For people with a condition that some scientists called misophonia, mealtime can be torture. The sounds of other people eating—chewing, chomping, slurping, gurgling—can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.John Markoff
misophonic adjective
… we asked readers to share stories of misophonic suffering, and they responded with a long list of unpleasant noises. Karen Barrow

Examples of misophonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with hyperacusis or misophonia, for example, find everyday sounds unbearable. Amy Paturel, WIRED, 24 Mar. 2024 According to Doe's attorneys, the case is believed to be a first-of-its kind involving misophonia. Liz Kellar, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 But scientists don’t know if extra myelin is a cause or an effect of misophonia. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021

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Word History


miso- (as in misogyny) + -phonia

Note: The word was introduced by the Polish-born American audiologists Pawel J. Jastreboff and Margaret M. Jastreboff, apparently first in "Hyperacusis," article in the online publication Audiology Online (www.audiologyonline.com), June 18, 2001.

First Known Use

2001, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misophonia was in 2001

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Cite this Entry

“Misophonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misophonia. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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