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From Ancient Greek μισογυνία (misogunía) and μισογύνης (misogúnēs, woman hater), from μισέω (miséō, I hate) + γυνή (gunḗ, woman). By surface analysis, miso- +‎ -gyny.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /mɪˈsɒd͡ʒ.ɪ.ni/
  • (US) IPA(key): /mɪˈsɑd͡ʒ.ɪ.ni/
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misogyny (usually uncountable, plural misogynies)

  1. Hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women.
    • 1999, Joanne Marie Greer, David O. Moberg, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, →ISBN, page 29:
      Although she argues against a simplistic conflation of types of prejudice, she suggests that misogyny is typically present in both narcissistic and obsessive forms of anti-Semitic prejudice.
    • 1999, Ethel Spector Person, The Sexual Century, →ISBN, page 84:
      His misogyny, like that of his predecessors, is more than prejudice; []
    • 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections:
      [] a lonely straight male had no equivalently forgiving Theory of Masculinism to help him out of this bind, this key to all misogynies: []
    • 2005, Jeff Johnson, William Inge And The Subversion Of Gender, →ISBN, page 122:
      This ontological symbiosis also explains his misogyny. By envying Sue, as the man he cannot become, he projects his self-loathing onto her, trying to diminish what he actually admires.
    • 2006, Jack Holland, Misogyny: the world's oldest prejudice, →ISBN:
    • 2014 April 12, Simon Russell Beale, “Why Shakespeare always says something new: As the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth approaches, the great Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale explains his secrets [print version: The king and I]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], London, page R7:
      [] I have always found it hard that Hamlet, a character that I love and admire, is guilty of a puerile misogyny and, perhaps, more worryingly, of the unnecessary deaths of his old friends from university, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. When I played him, I could find reasons for the misogyny but half-ignored the murders.

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  • A related concept is gynophobia, the fear of women (or femininity), but not necessarily hatred of them.



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