THE murder of Sarah Everard by serving police officer Wayne Couzens sparked an outcry across the UK, with other women condemning the abuse and misogamy they experience on a daily basis.

But what is misogamy and where did it come from?

What is misogamy?

If you know a confirmed bachelor who dates a lot but never settles down, he may not have met the right person yet — or he may suffer from misogamy.

Misogamy is the aversion or hatred of marriage.

This differs from misogyny which is the hatred of women.

Where did misogamy come from?

The word misogamy dates from the mid-17th century and combines the Greek misos (hatred) with gamos (marriage).

During the Middle Ages, the idea of misogamy was important in the Christian church.

It was an essential condition for the celibacy required in order to occupy the highest positions in the church.

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