One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
hater of mankind, cynic, sceptic, churl, grouch, grump, recluse, hermit, anchoriteView synonyms
- ‘The only way to beat these misanthropes is to stand up and be counted.’
- ‘We meet a bisexual poet who sets up a test of beauty between a beautiful young man and a beautiful young woman, a man who wins the love of a misanthropist through the power of art, and the tales of his two labourers.’
- ‘Us romantic misanthropes are hard to come by, you know.’
- ‘For some of us - call us introverts if you like, misanthropes if you must - Mass is a precious hour of communion with God amidst relative calm (especially if your parish is fortunate enough to have a cry room).’
- ‘Of course one accusation constantly leveled at animal rights activists (and vehemently denied by same) is that they care more about animals than human beings or are even outright misanthropes.’
- ‘I understand why so many intellectuals become misanthropes - it's easier.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But the immediate need, the life-and-death need, is for the Catholic church to continue to expose and isolate the misanthropes that have been entrenched in their ranks, and to implement massive screening to prevent further incursions.’
- ‘Like a lot of other bedridden misanthropes, I got into the lifestyle after being stricken by illness and liked it so much I decided not to leave.’
- ‘I think I'm just a misanthropist, and that's why I get angry about TV - if there's more real people on it, there's more for me to hate.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And people like me who say things like this get labelled sour old misanthropes.’
- ‘I'd always thought I was a misanthrope, but maybe I'm just an introvert instead.’
- ‘And yes, he was - but like all misanthropes he was only so because he believed (almost naively) in mankind, and was continually disappointed.’
- ‘The administration is thus using the civilian courts to try only the low-level conspirators; the ‘passive supporters,’ the folks who don't quite rise to the level of terrorist - most of whom are just losers and misanthropes.’
- ‘The world of stand-up is typically portrayed as riddled with self-loathing misanthropes, barely able to contain their disgust with the world, who make a living poking fun at its most visible targets and at one another.’
- ‘They will endorse co-workers who are convicts, misanthropes and sociopaths, whatever, all in the name of unity.’
- ‘Where do those of us who are already part-time misanthropes go when people seem even worse than usual?’
- ‘It's well written and funny, and the author is clearly a misanthrope, which is always a plus in my opinion.’
Mid 16th century: from Greek misanthrōpos, from misein ‘to hate’ + anthrōpos ‘man’.
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