Definitions for cynicalˈsɪn ɪ kəl
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cynical, misanthropic, misanthropical(adj)
believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
of or relating to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.
skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.
bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.
showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions.
like the actions of a snarling dog.
Of or relating to the Cynics, 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.
Concerned only with one's own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool
Origin: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.
having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; currish
pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle
belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics; having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or resembling, the doctrines of the cynics
given to sneering at rectitude and the conduct of life by moral principles; disbelieving in the reality of any human purposes which are not suggested or directed by self-interest or self-indulgence; as, a cynical man who scoffs at pretensions of integrity; characterized by such opinions; as, cynical views of human nature
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's a cynical, opportunistic kind of power play.
No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
All romantics meet the same fate someday. Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe.
I don't know that I'm jaded or cynical enough to say one way or the other, things have to play out.
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Translations for cynical
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ωμός, κυνικόςGreek
- searbhasach, dranndanachScottish Gaelic
- kyniskNorwegian Nynorsk
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