AN Australian dictionary is to update the meaning of misogyny, after the word was used by the country’s prime minister in a blistering attack on her male rival.

It comes as Julia Gillard embarks on a three-day tour of India - the second day of which got off on the wrong foot when she took a tumble near Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat.

She later told reporters she was “fine” and joked: “For men who get to wear flat shoes all day, every day - if you wear heels, they can get embedded in soft grass. When you pull your foot up, the shoe doesn’t come.”

Ms Gillard’s attack on opposition leader Tony Abbott last week followed his attempt to move a motion to oust the House of Representatives speaker Peter Slipper, who is accused of sending crude text messages.

In a speech to parliament, Ms Gillard said: “If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives; he needs a mirror.” “Misogyny - every day from this leader of this opposition,” she added.

The prime minister’s critics accused her of exaggeration, pointing to dictionary definitions of misogyny as a hatred of women.

It has led the Macquarie dictionary - regarded by many as the authoritative guide to the Australian meanings of words - to admit its definition is decades out of date.–SN