Synonyms & Antonyms of misanthropic

having or showing a deep distrust of human beings and their motives
  • a misanthropic outlook on life that probably stems from a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse

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How does the adjective misanthropic differ from other similar words?

The words cynical and pessimistic are common synonyms of misanthropic. While all three words mean "deeply distrustful," misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society.

a solitary and misanthropic artist

When would cynical be a good substitute for misanthropic?

The synonyms cynical and misanthropic are sometimes interchangeable, but cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity.

cynical about politicians' motives

Where would pessimistic be a reasonable alternative to misanthropic?

The meanings of pessimistic and misanthropic largely overlap; however, pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life.

pessimistic about the future

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The first known use of misanthropic was in 1762

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“Misanthropic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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