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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!


This word is a great word for writers.  It could apply to a protagonist or an antagonist.  While this word is not as uncommon as some of the others we have shared, it’s a word that is only in the top 30% of popularity.

It is remarkable, that a single word can inspire so much creativity.

This word was made popular from Le Misanthrope a comedy by Moliere. First performed in June of 1666  at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris by the King’s Player.  A more modern version of this play has been made called The Grouch (Murchison).

More famous misanthropes of literature include:

  • Charles Dicken’s Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Alceste from Le Misanthrope
  • Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye
  • Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
  • Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit

Example of the Word used:

The man was more than grumpy, he was completely misanthropic.

The Challenge:

Write a short character sketch of a female misanthrope.


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