Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of a misanthrope.
  • adjective Characterized by a hatred or mistrustful scorn for humankind.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the character of a misanthrope; characteristic of a misanthrope or of misanthropy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Hating or disliking mankind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Hating or disliking mankind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
  • adjective hating mankind in general

Etymologies

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From misanthrope +‎ -ic.

Examples

  • In response, he denied being "misanthropic" - that is, anti-human-insisting that his proposals were a "vote for humanity."

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  • (Then again, we had a house rule against what we called the misanthropic didacts.

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  • He's been called misanthropic, but this play is driven by a savage compassion.

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  • (defined as misanthropic, having little tolerance for small town hokiness, and an inability to suffer the cute crapple that falls out of Andie McDowell's precious hole).

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  • (defined as misanthropic, having little tolerance for small town hokiness, and an inability to suffer the cute crapple that falls out of Andie McDowell's precious hole).

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  • GREENFIELD: So let's talk politics, because in the 10 years that I have involuntarily been associated with your show, you have moved steadily from a kind of misanthropic, local crump, who complained about the pasta not being on order in his local gourmet store to a obviously, incredibly powerful political figure.

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  • When I say "misanthropic," by the way, I'm neither being judgmental nor breaking any news.

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  • Coda: Being the kind of misanthropic nay-sayer and late-riser that I am, I watched the apology from the couch with Otty and Lulu at 7.25 am CST, rather than going into any of the potential sorry breakfasts in town.

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  • This misanthropic insolence has a glorious tradition in France.

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  • TA: Your work has been noted, perhaps unfairly, for its misanthropic view of the world.

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