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[mi-soj-uh-nee, mahy-] /mɪˈsɒdʒ ə ni, maɪ-/
hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women.
Compare misandry.
Origin of misogyny
1650-60; < New Latin misogynia. See miso-, gyn-, -y3
Related forms
misogynic, misogynous, misogynistic, adjective
misogynist, noun
Can be confused
misandry, misanthropy, misogyny. Unabridged
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  • When he and I dwelt there together, the pavilion had been a temple of misogyny.

  • Katherine Devlin is another creature of her maker's misogyny.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights Cornelius Weygandt
  • In his present humor of misogyny he wondered why it was thought to be necessary to put a woman in everything.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • As they fell in love and out again with the facility of so many Romeos, they discoursed among themselves as to his misogyny.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • And he walked haughtily up the street, leaving Mr. Watson to ponder upon this case of misogyny, never until that moment suspected.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for misogyny


/mɪˈsɒdʒɪnɪ; maɪ-/
hatred of women
Derived Forms
misogynist, noun, adjective
misogynistic, misogynous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, from miso- + gunē woman
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Word Origin and History for misogyny

1650s, from Modern Latin misogynia, from Greek misogynia, from misogynes "woman-hater," from miso- (see miso-) + gyne "woman" (see queen).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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misogyny in Medicine

misogyny mi·sog·y·ny (mĭ-sŏj'ə-nē)
Hatred of women.

mi·sog'y·nist n.
mi·sog'y·nis'tic adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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