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Apr 29, 2009
This week's theme
Words for him and her

This week's words
maritorious
patrocliny
misogyny
materfamilias
pseudandry

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misogyny

PRONUNCIATION:
(mi-SOJ-uh-nee)

MEANING:
noun: Hatred of women.

NOTES:
The opposite of misogyny is philogyny and its male counterpart misandry. An equal opportunity hater would be misanthrope.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek miso- (hate) + gyne (woman).

USAGE:
"This event [the Montreal massacre of 1989] has, of course, come to mean something more than the horrific killing of 14 female engineering students at Montreal's L'École Polytechnique by disturbed gunman Marc Lépine, who said before killing them and eventually himself that he hated 'all feminists'. A ritual observance of the event every year on its anniversary, Dec. 6, enshrines it as our most potent symbol of misogyny and male violence against women."
Judith Timson; Let's Stop This Talk of Cowards; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Apr 7, 2009 .

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? -Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)

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