Definition of misogynist in US English:



  • A person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

    • ‘In the most virulent homophobic works gays are effeminate, sarcastic males who lead meaningless lives; they disrupt families, are misogynists, and are marginal to black communities and institutions.’
    • ‘Like me, these people know they are not racists or misogynists.’
    • ‘A more depressing group of people it would be difficult to imagine: the boys are bullish jocks or arrogant misogynists, the girls are vain and self-obsessed.’
    • ‘I am astonished that anyone would think I am a misogynist.’
    • ‘You blame women for the downfall of man in the garden of Eden; you're a closet misogynist with an over-inflated IQ.’
    • ‘‘It is difficult to imagine what outright misogynists would have done differently,’ she railed.’
    • ‘Go give them some love: the editors need to know that the whiny misogynists aren't the only ones out there.’
    • ‘It is not going too far to say that he was a misogynist.’
    • ‘I would have hoped as a society that by the 21st century we would be at the point where both sexes embraced that word-where we all identify as feminists unless we're just blatant misogynists.’
    • ‘Over the years, she has become highly adept at deflecting personal criticism, smearing her accusers as misogynists who cannot bear the idea of a strong professional woman.’
    • ‘His long attachment to Alexandrine is at odds with his reputation as a misogynist, which is derived from some of his paintings rather than from his copious personal writings.’
    • ‘I am not a misogynist, the opposite in fact, but I felt I had to make a stand for heterosexual male politics.’
    • ‘Some reviewers have recoiled in horror from the film, denouncing him as a misogynist, a fake, a show-off, an incompetent director, and worse.’
    • ‘The more enthusiastic their patronising attempts at conversion, the more they reveal themselves to be intolerant, blinkered misogynists.’
    • ‘But they don't need to frame the argument in a way that implies that those who disagree with them are stone-age misogynists.’
    • ‘Similarly, rap music does not of itself make people take up drive-by shootings as a hobby or turn young men into misogynists.’
    • ‘Such misogynists felt that social consciousness necessarily meant inferior art.’
    • ‘A pair of Mississippi misogynists were given a dressing down when a judge meted out a fitting punishment for their crimes.’
    • ‘If we think of the average 18 th-century male as being a condescending misogynist, then Johnson confounds our expectations.’
    • ‘Some women assume that players are really misogynists, but that generally isn't the case.’
    woman-hater, anti-feminist, male chauvinist, male supremacist, chauvinist, sexist
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  • Relating to or characteristic of a misogynist.

    ‘a misogynist attitude’
    • ‘His story is about a love triangle with a brutal, misogynist ending.’
    • ‘This feminist agenda led to an examination of how editorial policies contribute to perpetrating sexist and misogynist stereotypes of women.’
    • ‘Our gaze extends towards the militaristic roots of much of today's technologies and, further, to the source of much of the Western world's misogynist tendencies, at the dawn of the early Christian church.’
    • ‘Broadly speaking, those who accept the general principles of the Enlightenment are under attack by those who reject them and who wish to impose their theocratic, feudal and misogynist concepts of order upon us.’
    • ‘Traditionally golf has kept the sexes apart, sometimes for misogynist reasons, but more often because women cannot hit the ball as far as men, and have courses set up accordingly, with the ladies' tees further forward than the men's.’
    • ‘This isn't situational realism, it's misogynist claptrap, the kind of stuff no one needs to see in the movies.’
    • ‘Heterosexual males' sexist and misogynist beliefs and behavior toward females in patriarchal societies is a major cause of the spread of AIDS, and hence of increasing rates of femicide.’
    • ‘Despite growing up in the segregated South and battling misogynist attitudes at every turn, Bessie realized her dream to become a pilot.’
    • ‘Yet within the military, misogynist culture and widespread sexual assault on servicewomen continues to prevail.’
    • ‘She regards the androgyny, same-sex sexuality, or misogynist attitudes of the various male protagonists in these authors' works as transgressions of the two-gender model.’
    • ‘In fact, by bringing the warlords back to power, the US Government has replaced one misogynist fundamentalist regime with another.’
    • ‘When Judi Dench took over the role of ‘M’ in Goldeneye ten years ago, she famously told Bond: ‘I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur’.’
    • ‘The first section, for example, focuses on the sexist and sometimes misogynist practices that commonly exist within families.’
    • ‘By doing so, it effectively attempts to remedy racist injustice by trivializing misogynist violence.’
    • ‘The other side decries these assaults as blatantly sexist, misogynist exercises that have no place in modern society.’
    • ‘For as long as extensions have been added on to houses women have been plagued by misogynist workers, who swagger through their home as if in possession of secret knowledge which can only be shared by the brotherhood.’
    • ‘The fall of Rome had also made many of her laws recede into the distance, slowly; Roman statute law was notably more misogynist than the customary law of the tribal groups the empire had conquered.’
    • ‘The focus on censoring pornography diverts attention from the root cause of discrimination and violence against women, of which violent, misogynist pornography is merely one symptom.’
    • ‘The discussion on talk-back radio and in fan club chat rooms has unfortunately reflected misogynist myths common about rape.’
    • ‘With a style that was influenced by jazz, soul, reggae, and dub, she rapped lyrics and rhymes that addressed the misogynist attitude of her male peers.’