Definition of misogyny in English:



mass noun
  • Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

    ‘she felt she was struggling against thinly disguised misogyny’
    • ‘Once you've got over all the rampant misogyny and gratuitous, comic-book violence, it's an entertaining night in.’
    • ‘This is the man who has been accused of misogyny.’
    • ‘This is symptomatic of another link I've noticed with homophobia - that between homophobia and misogyny.’
    • ‘It is a travesty that there is still misogyny and sexism in the labor movement.’
    • ‘Their racism, misogyny and emotional brutality become unbelievable in an English setting.’
    • ‘The way she tackled misogyny, sexism, homophobia, grief, and God in her work is really inspiring.’
    • ‘Was the film a brilliant attack on misogyny, or was it simply misogyny?’
    • ‘The photos aren't being misogynist and voyeuristic: they are making a statement about misogyny and voyeurism.’
    • ‘There is plenty of misogyny in hip-hop, and in our culture in general in fact.’
    • ‘There is nothing amusing about snobbery, racism, bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia.’
    • ‘The old comics are on their last legs because foreigner-fearing, homophobic bigotry and misogyny are no longer as acceptable as they once were.’
    • ‘Evidence for this more sober assessment is hate, racism, and misogyny on the Web.’
    • ‘When pressed for a reason why, she stammered over her words, not realizing that she might be taken to task for her own misogyny.’
    • ‘In the past I have accused him both of misogyny and a hateful fundamentalism, but I was wrong on both counts.’
    • ‘His beautifully enunciated vowels and curmudgeonly misogyny were so accurately rendered that he took over the stage whenever he appeared.’
    • ‘Twice he has been confronted by people who have tried to take him to task for perceived misogyny.’
    • ‘She defined herself as an engaged cinematographer fighting misogyny and role stereotypes.’
    • ‘The misogyny of early works is a symptom of his own immaturity and the sexual repression of the age.’
    • ‘I've seen no misogyny from him or the people around him.’
    • ‘People can't choose their skin colour, or their sex or their sexual orientation, which is why racism and misogyny are so repellent.’
    jingoism, excessive patriotism, blind patriotism, excessive nationalism, sectarianism, isolationism, excessive loyalty, flag-waving, xenophobia, racism, racialism, racial prejudice, ethnocentrism, ethnocentricity
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Mid 17th century: from Greek misos ‘hatred’ + gunē ‘woman’.