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misanthropic - vocabulary

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Characterized by a mistrustful scorn or hatred of humankind; having a sneering disbelief in humankind.

Note: The noun misanthrope (a person) is a hater of humankind. The noun misanthropy refers to the hatred itself.

Wilhelm checked his feelings: Jarno’s extravagant, untimely laughter had in truth offended him. “It is scarcely hiding your misanthropy,” said he, “when you maintain that faults like these are universal.”

—J. W. von Goethe Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship (1873)

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