misanthropy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misanthropy a disposition to dislike and mistrust other people
    • n misanthropy hatred of mankind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misanthropy Hatred of, or dislike to, mankind; -- opposed to philanthropy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misanthropy Hatred or dislike of mankind; the habit of distrusting or of taking the worst possible view of human character or motives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Misanthropy hatred or distrust of mankind
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Quotations

  • Joseph Brodsky
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    “Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. misanthropie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Gr. misanthrōposmisein, to hate, anthrōpos, a man.

Usage

In literature:

A time came when his armor of misanthropy crumbled away; and in the shadowy alcove of Brantome's living room he confessed to her.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
It is not misanthropy, but Christianity.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Shakespeare has painted every phase of antagonism to the world, from the pensive aloofness of Antonio to the impassioned misanthropy of Timon.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
Childe Harold's sorrows are those of Lord Byron, but there no longer exists any trace of misanthropy or of satiety.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
You know my misanthropy vanishes when I have your company.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
It creates in man the bitter and destructive quality of misanthropy, or a destroying passion of revenge.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
Her books are a sovereign remedy for depression and misanthropy.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Struthers even begins to suspect that this much-thumbed volume of Burns lies at the root of Whinnie's accumulating misanthropy.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Was there anything of foolish pride or misanthropy in Gordon's avoidance of society that would have welcomed him?
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
Thus he occasionally falls into the exaggerations of misanthropy and sentimentality.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
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In news:

Misogyny and misanthropy is alive and well in the political world.
Ed Masley is the poet laureate of romantically challenged, over-educated, ne'er-do-wells, channeling the clever knock-kneed misanthropy of Elvis Costello.
The director Thomas McCarthy clearly is interested in people who hold the world at arm's length, who wallow in a convenient kind of misanthropy, and who are inexorably touched by a friendship with an unlikely stranger.
He was once a world-class physicist teaching string theory at Columbia, but the only string he strums now is misanthropy.
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