A man-hater is a female individual who despises the entire male population. This person is often labeled a misandrist. The word misandrist contains the Greek roots "misos," which means "hatred," and "andros," which means "man."
Man-haters are usually very spiteful of men due to various reasons, from previous heartbreak to past sexual abuse. Because of their unfortunate experiences, these individuals are generally fearful of being hurt again. The antithesis of a man-hater is a woman-hater or misogynist. The word misogyny contains the Greek roots "misos" and "gyne," which mean "hatred" and "woman." Misogyny can be manifested in various ways, from sexual discrimination to the sexual objectification of women.