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[mis-an-thruh-pee, miz-] /mɪsˈæn θrə pi, mɪz-/
hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.
Origin of misanthropy
1650-60; < Greek mīsanthrōpía. See misanthrope, -y3
Can be confused
misandry, misanthropy, misogyny. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for misanthropy
  • Even from on high, he vents unrestrained misanthropy.
  • Unless it is commentary intended to either expand awareness, or invoke strong feelings of misanthropy.
  • The idea that anyone could conceivably respond positively to such calls tops up my misanthropy bar quite nicely.
  • misanthropy was never so much fun, and the boredom of contemporary adolescence has rarely been so thrilling.
  • My chronic nastiness and obdurate refusal to look on the bright side of things goes far beyond garden-variety misanthropy.
  • That's why the show's railing misanthropy hits so much closer to home.
  • In a world dominated by extrovert behaviour, introversion is often mistaken for misanthropy.
  • In the wink of an eye, insomnia slips from thought to obsession, from earnest doubt to pitiless masochism and misanthropy.
  • To the commenters who keep the level of discourse high enough to periodically mitigate my misanthropy, much thanks.
  • Now that bears a heavy dose of misanthropy to it, and carries more than a whiff of the gas chambers to boot.
Word Origin and History for misanthropy

1650s, from Greek misanthropia "hatred of mankind," from misanthropos (see misanthrope).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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misanthropy in Medicine

misanthropy mis·an·thro·py (mĭs-ān'thrə-pē, mĭz-)
Hatred or mistrust of humankind.

mis'an·throp'ic (mĭs'ən-thrŏp'ĭk) adj.
mis'an·thrope' (mĭs'ən-thrōp', mĭz'-) or mis·an'thro·pist n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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