Misandry (i/) is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against men or boys in general.[1][2][3] Misandry may be manifested in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, gynocentrism, matriarchy, belittling of men, violence against men, and sexual objectification.

The inverse is misogyny, the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women and girls.


Misandry is formed from the Greek misos (μῖσος, "hatred") and anēr, andros (ἀνήρ, gen. ἀνδρός; "man").[4] Use of the word can be found as far back as the 19th century, including an 1871 use in The Spectator magazine.[5][6] It appeared in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) in 1952. Translation of the French "misandrie" to the German "Männerhass" (Hatred of Men)[7] is recorded in 1803.[8] "Misandrous" or "misandrist" can be used as adjectival forms of the word.[9]

A term with a similar but distinct meaning is androphobia, which constitutes fear of men.[10] Writer Helen Pluckrose has argued that androphobia is the more propitious term in instances where aversion to men stems from a sense of fear.[11]