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misosophy, n.

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Origin: A borrowing from Greek, combined with an English element. Etymons: Greek μισόσοϕος  , -y suffix3.
Etymology: < ancient Greek μισόσοϕος hating wisdom ( < μισο-  miso- comb. form   + -σοϕος  , combining form of σοϕός   wise: see sophist n.) + -y suffix3 (compare -sophy comb. form), after philosophy n.

  Hatred of wisdom.

a1834   S. T. Coleridge Literary Remains (1838) III. 33   Schools of psilology..and misosophy are here out of the question.
1880   Fortnightly Rev. 1 June 763   The Catholic philosophy of de Maistre and the Calvinistic misosophy of Carlyle.
1937   Philosophy 12 319   A fraternity of persons of kindred credulities could only constitute a school of ‘misosophy’.
1966   S. H. Nasr Ideals & Realities of Islam vi. 168   Much of modern philosophy is in fact not at all a ‘love of wisdom’ but a hatred of it so that it should appropriately be called ‘misosophy’.
2006   A. Poma Yearning for Form xvi. 344   Thought is primarily trespass and violence, the enemy, and nothing presupposes philosophy: everything begins with misosophy.

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  misoˈsophical adj.

1937   Philosophy 12 332   The disposition to be convinced of ill-founded or unfounded doctrines, or unconvinced of well-founded ones, is a ‘misosophical’ disposition.
2001   T. Newlin Voice in Garden ii. 48   For although it is true in part that this brand of Rousseauism, no less than its more rabid misosophical permutation,..constituted ‘a social protest from the right’, [etc.].

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, June 2002).

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