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Jul 1, 2014
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
mossback
misanthrope
bon vivant
autodidact
magnifico

The Misanthrope
The Misanthrope (analysis)
Art: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1568

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misanthrope

PRONUNCIATION:
(MIS-uhn-throp, MIZ-)

MEANING:
noun: One who dislikes people in general.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek misanthropos, from misos (hatred) + anthropos (man). Earliest documented use: 1683.

USAGE:
"Consider both an avid cocktail party hostess with hundreds of acquaintances and a grumpy misanthrope, who may have one or two friends."
Infectious Personalities; The Economist (London, UK); May 15, 2010.

See more usage examples of misanthrope in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. -George Sand [pen name of Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin], novelist (1804-1876)

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