Definition of misanthrope in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmis(ə)nˌTHrōp/
Pronunciation: /ˈmiz(ə)nˌTHrōp/
(also misanthropist /misˈanTHrəpist/)


A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
Example sentences
  • I've been called in the past, probably with justification, a misanthrope but it isn't so much that I dislike people (well not all of them anyway) but that I have a physical need to be apart from them.
  • Since everything had been taken from him from teenager to young adult, Adrian had now become a pessimist, a cynic… Your standard misanthropist.
  • My suspicion is that the reason for the generally low opinion held of the pessimist is related to his close ties to the critic, the cynic, the misanthrope, the whiner and the curmudgeon.
hater of mankind, hater, cynic;
recluse, hermit;
Japanese  hikikomori
informal grouch, grump


Mid 16th century: from Greek misanthrōpos, from misein 'to hate' + anthrōpos 'man'.

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Syllabification: mis·an·thrope

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