mis·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌmi-sᵊn-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce misanthropic (audio) \

Definition of misanthropic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope He was shunned because of his miserable misanthropic nature.
2 : marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind The moral corruption he saw around him made him misanthropic.

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misanthropically \ ˌmi-​sᵊn-​ˈthrä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce misanthropic (audio) \ adverb

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cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic mean deeply distrustful. cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity. cynical about politicians' motives misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society. a solitary and misanthropic artist pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life. pessimistic about the future

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Jonathan Swift was famous for the misanthropy of works such as Gulliver's Travels which make fun of all kinds of human foolishness. But in spite of his apparent misanthropic attitude, he spent a third of his income on founding a hospital and another third on other charities—certainly not the acts of a true misanthrope. Today we often use synonyms such as cynic and grinch for misanthropic types—while hoping we don't meet too many of them.

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a misanthropic outlook on life that probably stems from a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse
Recent Examples on the Web On the one hand, the absence of people could be interpreted as an unintentional but darkly misanthropic view of the city. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 2 Oct. 2021 Ed Morgan, a gentle giant with a young family; Jim Davis, a wisecracking bachelor; and Herberta Hind, a misanthropic professional who joined the F.B.I. to spite her radical parents. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 An adult woman puts herself up for adoption and forms a bond with the misanthropic patriarch of her adoptive family. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 The Call of the Wild Kathryn Schulz, in her piece about the power and the pitfalls of nature writing, may be right that some people spend time in the wilderness for misanthropic reasons (Books, July 12th & 19th). Michael Longley, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Theo James, who played the misanthropic necromancer Hector in Castlevania, will voice the young Vesemir here. Christian Holub, EW.com, 21 July 2021 Jim Davis, the creator of the misanthropic cat Garfield, first met Mr. McMeel at an American Booksellers Association convention in 1981. New York Times, 19 July 2021 The result was a misanthropic movement that wrote off as hopeless or, at best, inconvenient the very constituency—the population of industrial societies—that would have been needed to effect its program. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 Veteran police officers can often develop a misanthropic view of human nature after years of witnessing its worst manifestations. Philip Cross, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of misanthropic

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misanthropic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misanthropic. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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mis·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌmis-ᵊn-ˈthräp-ik How to pronounce misanthropic (audio) \

Medical Definition of misanthropic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope
2 : marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind

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