Misandry (i/) is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against men or boys.[1][2][3] "Misandrous" or "misandrist" can be used as adjectival forms of the word.[4] Misandry manifests itself in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of men, violence against men, and sexual objectification of men.[3]


Misandry is formed from the Greek misos (μῖσος, "hatred") and anēr, andros (ἀνήρ, gen. ἀνδρός; "man").[5] Use of the word can be found as far back as the nineteenth century, including an 1871 use in The Spectator magazine.[6][7] It appeared in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) in 1952. Translation of the French "misandrie" to the German "Männerhass" (Hatred of Men)[8] is recorded in 1803.[9] Misandry is parallel in form to 'misogyny' (hatred of women or girls). A term with a similar but distinct meaning is androphobia, which constitutes fear of men.[10] Writer Helen Pluckrose has argued that the androphobia is the more propitious term in instances where aversion to men stems from a sense of fear.[11]