V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: hating mankind and thinking the worst of human nature

Synonyms: cynical, antisocial, reclusive, solitary, eremitic, mysogynic

Antonyms: philanthropic, humane, altruistic

Tips: A misanthrope is a person who hates mankind and is cynical toward human nature. The word comes from the Greek misos, "hatred" and anthropos, "man." The opposite of misanthropic is philanthropic, which means "charitable, generous and devoted to helping other people (mankind)." The Greek root philos means "loving."

Usage Examples:

The old woman who lives in that house is a misanthrope who has become more and more antisocial over the years. (loner, people-hater) noun

His misanthropic attitude keeps him unhappy and lonely. (cynical, antisocial)

Those two get along because they are a pair of misanthropes who like to complain about all the awful things people do, without remembering any of the good things. (people-haters, skeptics, loners) noun

His misanthropic beliefs don't allow for the idea that people can be kind and altruistic. (cynical, antisocial, eremitic)

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