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I am trying to write a sentence where a person has very negative feelings towards Nature and the natural world. The feelings would be misanthropic, if directed towards people. Is there such a word? I'd like to use it in a sentence such as this one:

Bob deliberately put his recyclables into the garbage can, being in a particularly [word similar misanthropy but directed at Nature/the natural world] mood, after being pooped on by a pigeon on the way to the office.

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A particularly "fowl" mood perhaps? –  KitFox Apr 2 '12 at 19:07
    
@KitFox: +1 for the pun! –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 2 '12 at 19:08
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For that particular example, avicidal works. –  jwpat7 Apr 2 '12 at 22:26
    
Not an answer as such, but I would probably just recast the entire sentence. “Bob deliberately put his recyclables in the garbage can, feeling vindictive/spiteful towards Mother Nature after having been pooped on by a pigeon on the way to the office”, for example. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet May 24 at 14:55

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No such word in broad usage occurs to me. If I wanted that sentence to be easily understood, I would write nature-hating, tree-hating or hippie-punching, depending on what tone I wanted to set. If I wanted that sentence to provide a satisfying experience for the pretentious classicists in the audience, I would coin misogaeic.

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I've used phrases like tree-hating in other contexts, but it didn't quite fit how I wanted to use it in the current context. Misogaeic could imply what I want although it might be too obscure, but maybe I'll use it anyway... –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 2 '12 at 19:34

In the example provided, "environmentally unfriendly" would be an apt play on words.

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It's not a single word. Also, I often hear this phrase being used in the context of ignorance and laziness. The context for the word I want is much more deliberate and spiteful. –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 2 '12 at 20:50

Maybe he's in an anti-ecological mood.

Or an anticonservationist mood.

Or a pro-pollution mood.

(Also you probably don't need the comma after "mood" and before "after" in your sentence. But I'm having a doubting-myself-on-comma-use week, so someone else should confirm that.)

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I don't really like the hyphenated words, and I'm not 100% sure that anticonservationist (maybe it's not a strong enough word). –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 2 '12 at 19:07

Perhaps the prefix anti- could be used somewhere to add a negative sense of being against it.

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