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.
Write a short character sketch of a female misanthrope.