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 (mĭs′ən-thrōp′, mĭz′-) also mis·an·thro·pist (mĭs-ăn′thrə-pĭst, mĭz′-)
One who hates or mistrusts humankind.

[French, from Greek mīsanthrōpos, hating mankind : mīso-, miso- + anthrōpos, man.]


(ˈmɪzənˌθrəʊp) or


a person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general
[C17: from Greek mīsanthrōpos, from misos hatred + anthrōpos man]
misanthropic, ˌmisanˈthropical adj
ˌmisanˈthropically adv
misanthropy n


(ˈmɪs ənˌθroʊp, ˈmɪz-)

also mis•an•thro•pist

(mɪsˈæn θrə pɪst, mɪz-)

a hater of humankind.
[1555–65; n. use of Greek mīsánthrōpos hating humankind, misanthropic. See mis-2, anthropo-]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misanthrope - someone who dislikes people in generalmisanthrope - someone who dislikes people in general
crank, crosspatch, grouch, grump, churl - a bad-tempered person
misogynist, woman hater - a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular


noun cynic, sceptic, grouch, grump, misanthropist, mankind-hater One myth is that he was a grumbling misanthrope.


A person who expects only the worst from people:


[ˈmɪzənθrəʊp] Nmisántropo m


[ˈmɪzənθrəʊp] nmisanthrope m/f
References in classic literature ?
Be sure that the coldest-hearted misanthropes are ever of this last order.
How calm and isolated those misanthropes, those haters of humanity might live there, and all who have a distaste for social life
Those quacks and misanthropes who advertise indelible Japan ink should be made to perish along with their wicked discoveries.
Like a plethoric burning martyr, or a self-consuming misanthrope, once ignited, the whale supplies his own fuel and burns by his own body.
And now Mr Thomas Codlin, the misanthrope, after blowing away at the Pan's pipes until he was intensely wretched, took his station on one side of the checked drapery which concealed the mover of the figures, and putting his hands in his pockets prepared to reply to all questions and remarks of Punch, and to make a dismal feint of being his most intimate private friend, of believing in him to the fullest and most unlimited extent, of knowing that he enjoyed day and night a merry and glorious existence in that temple, and that he was at all times and under every circumstance the same intelligent and joyful person that the spectators then beheld him.
All the hate and scorn and love of a deep nature such as the shy man is ever cursed by fester and corrupt within, instead of spending themselves abroad, and sour him into a misanthrope and cynic.
Yet I experienced sometimes that the most sweet and tender, the most innocent and encouraging society may be found in any natural object, even for the poor misanthrope and most melancholy man.
Don't you think, now, that you can spend a fortnight more pleasantly under such circumstances than by playing the misanthrope down at the Tower?
He had absolutely nothing to do, almost died of ennui, and became a confirmed misanthrope.
I still had eighty thousand francs in my possession, and at first I meant to live a remote and solitary life, to vegetate in some country district for the rest of my days; but misanthropy is no Catholic virtue, and there is a certain vanity lurking beneath the hedgehog's skin of the misanthrope.
But she had to take her farewell of the male part of the company yet, and every one of them had to unfold his arms (for they all assumed the professional attitude when they found themselves near Sleary), and give her a parting kiss - Master Kidderminster excepted, in whose young nature there was an original flavour of the misanthrope, who was also known to have harboured matrimonial views, and who moodily withdrew.
Involuntarily making a pass with his wooden leg to guard himself as Mr Venus springs up in the emphasis of this unsociable declaration, Mr Wegg tilts over on his back, chair and all, and is rescued by that harmless misanthrope, in a disjointed state and ruefully rubbing his head.