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Oct 17, 2012 2:04 AM by Associated Press

Dictionary follows Aussie PM in defining misogyny

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard did not define "misogyny" wrong in a blistering attack on a male rival - the dictionary did.

Macquarie Dictionary's editor, Sue Butler, says a furor over Gillard branding conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott a misogynist in Parliament last week revealed that her dictionary's definition is decades out of date.

Butler said Wednesday the dictionary would broaden its definition from a hatred of women to include entrenched prejudice against women. The Macquarie Dictionary is an authority on Australian meanings of words.

Gillard's fiery speech in which she berated Abbott for allegedly sexist comments was lauded by feminists around the world. But critics accused her of hyperbole, pointing to dictionary definitions of misogyny as pathological hatred of women and girls.

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