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[mis-uh n-throhp, miz-] /ˈmɪs ənˌθroʊp, ˈmɪz-/
a hater of humankind.
Also, misanthropist
[mis-an-thruh-pist, miz‐] /mɪsˈæn θrə pɪst, mɪz‐/ (Show IPA)
Origin of misanthrope
1555-65; noun use of Greek mīsánthrōpos hating humankind, misanthropic. See mis-2, anthropo-

Le Misanthrope

[French luh mee-zahn-trawp] /French lə mi zɑ̃ˈtrɔp/
a comedy (1666) by Molière. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misanthrope
  • Enrico continues to the end of his days estranged from himself and those around him, a virtual misanthrope.
  • Later in life Degas gained a reputation as a recluse, even a misanthrope.
  • Jobs for smart misanthropes are harder to come by nowadays.
  • People just go about their business, but that doesn't make one a misanthrope.
  • Histrionics, distraction, and absolutism: the last bastions of the misanthrope.
  • My wife teases me telling me I'm the only humanitarian misanthrope she knows.
  • He describes him several times as a misanthrope but then produces copious—and often touching—evidence to the contrary.
  • It would turn anybody into a misanthrope.
  • He is, however, merely a mildly aggrieved misanthrope.
  • Quelling the inner misanthrope is quite a chore at times.
British Dictionary definitions for misanthrope


a person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general
Derived Forms
misanthropic (ˌmɪzənˈθrɒpɪk), misanthropical, adjective
misanthropically, adverb
misanthropy (mɪˈzænθrəpɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek mīsanthrōpos, from misos hatred + anthrōpos man
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Word Origin and History for misanthrope

"one who hates mankind," 1560s, from Greek misanthropos "hating mankind," from misein "to hate" (see miso-) + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-). Alternative form misanthropist is attested from 1650s.

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