Definitions for cynicˈsɪn ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cyn•icˈsɪn ɪk(n.)

  1. a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view.

  2. (cap.) one of a sect of Greek philosophers, 4th century b .c ., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. a person with a bitterly or sneeringly cynical attitude.

  4. (adj.)cynical.

  5. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Cynics or their doctrines.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of cynic:

1540–50; < L Cynicus < Gk Kynikós Cynic, lit., doglike =kyn-, s. of kýōn dog

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cynic, faultfinder(noun)

    someone who is critical of the motives of others

  2. Cynic(noun)

    a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cynic(noun)ˈsɪn ɪk

    sb who is cynical


  1. cynic(Noun)

    A person who believes that all people are motivated by selfishness.

  2. cynic(Noun)

    A person whose outlook is scornfully negative.

  3. cynic(Adjective)

    Churlish or satirical.

  4. Cynic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the Cynics.

  5. Cynic(ProperNoun)

    A member of a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.

  6. Origin: Originated 1540–50 from Latin Cynicus (cynic philosopher), from Κυνικός (Kynikós) (literally doglike, currish), from κύων (dog) + -ικός; see kwon-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cynic(adj)

    alt. of Cynical

  2. Cynic(noun)

    one of a sect or school of philosophers founded by Antisthenes, and of whom Diogenes was a disciple. The first Cynics were noted for austere lives and their scorn for social customs and current philosophical opinions. Hence the term Cynic symbolized, in the popular judgment, moroseness, and contempt for the views of others

  3. Cynic(noun)

    one who holds views resembling those of the Cynics; a snarler; a misanthrope; particularly, a person who believes that human conduct is directed, either consciously or unconsciously, wholly by self-interest or self-indulgence, and that appearances to the contrary are superficial and untrustworthy

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. CYNIC

    A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. All work and no play makes Jack A Dead One. D Out of fight, out of coin.--_The Pugilist's Plaint_. DABBLE v. t., To play in water. =DABBLE IN STOCKS=--Same thing.

Anagrams of cynic

  1. Cincy

Translations for cynic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who believes the worst about everyone

He is a cynic; – he thinks no-one is really unselfish.

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