Difference between ‘misogynist’ and ‘misogamist’

Pronunciation:

The first syllable in both words is pronounced like the word ‘miss’. The following ‘o’ sounds like the ‘o’ in ‘hot’, ‘pot’, and ‘got’, and the ‘g’ is like the ‘j’ in ‘jam’ and ‘juice’. The ‘y’ in ‘misogynist’ is like the ‘i’ in ‘pit’ and ‘hit’, while the ‘a’ in ‘misogamist’ is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The final syllable in both words rhymes with ‘list’ and ‘gist’, and the main stress is on the second syllable ‘so’.

A misogynist is a man who hates women. This individual feels that men are superior to women. A ‘misogamist’, on the other hand, is someone who hates marriage. This word is not found in all dictionaries.

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column –  Feb 19, 2008

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