Wordy Wednesday: Misanthrope

Today’s word stemmed from an argument my husband and I had a few days ago. He thought this word meant one thing, and I thought it meant another, so we looked it up. Ultimately, he was right, which are words I rarely say out loud!

To save you a bit of trouble, and to give husbands a chance to be right, here is the word we were fighting over:


You’ve probably seen this word before, but do you really know what it means? I do!

Misanthrope is defined as “A person who hates others.” (Thesaurus)

It can also mean ” a person who hates or distrusts humankind,” or “a person who does not like other people.” (Merriam-Webster)

While this may seem like a harsh way to describe someone, there are quite a few Misanthropes out there. Most of the more well-known ones are writers and philosophers, such as Oscar Wilde, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Patricia Highsmith, and the fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge. (Quora)quote-other-people-are-quite-dreadful-the-only-possible-society-is-oneself-oscar-wilde-34-98-44

Misanthrope is a noun, and it comes from the Greek misanthrōpos- hating humankind; from misein- to hate + anthrōpos-human being. It’s first known use was around 1683.

When writing, you can use Misanthrope as a normal noun. Some examples include:

“Jim was a regular misanthrope. Whenever the people would come out, that was when Jim would usually go in.”

“As a former misanthrope, I can tell you that it’s a very solitary life.”

“The misanthrope association would have been a hit, but no one showed up.”

Do you know any Misanthropes? Let me know who in the comments below!

The photo was taken from A-Z Quotes.


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