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Definition of misogyny

: hatred of, aversion to, or prejudice against women a culture that promotes violence and misogyny … battled the personal demons of alcoholism, racism, and misogyny.— James Kaplan Her books are pervaded by a deep pessimism and an equally profound misogyny.— Janet Malcolm … a mission to expose the common cord that nourishes capitalism, misogyny, classism, and fat hatred …— Anastasia Higginbotham also : something (such as speech or behavior) that reflects and fosters misogyny Cosloy's suggestion for a solution to misogyny in song—women should make their own records!—is scurrilous as long as men are not ready to pass the mike. — Evelyn McDonnell Dr [Una] McIlvenna says misogyny has always been rife. "There's always been misogyny in news reporting, both victim-blaming and in the coverage of women who commit crimes." — Lisa Needham

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 Throughout this time, Warner continued making art imbued with intense misogyny. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2021 With her camera recording everything, Naina unearths the story of Prasad’s pitiful life, which has been defined by violence and misogyny. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 The Gen Z iteration is, naturally, extremely online – hence, prettier – almost entirely L.A.-centered and trades in less of the casual misogyny that dominated back in the day. John Norris, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2021 Aaron, please, the misogyny and righteousness is NOT flattering. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Annotators found that nearly half of the posts reviewed could be defined as containing multiple forms of sexism or misogyny. Khari Johnson, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 Reduce sexism and misogyny in the workplace and society. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2021 Her fiction, full of misanthropy, madness and murder, tends to be viewed through the lens of her personal torments and, more generally, of the misogyny of the age. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 9 July 2021 The Taliban takeover seems likely to return Afghanistan to its pre-9/11 days of fundamentalism, oppression and fanatical misogyny. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021

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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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“Misogyny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misogyny. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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