What does Cynical mean?

Definitions for Cynical
ˈsɪn ɪ kəlCyn·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cynical, misanthropic, misanthropical(adj)

    believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others

Wiktionary

  1. cynical(Adjective)

    of or relating to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

  2. cynical(Adjective)

    skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

  3. cynical(Adjective)

    bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

  4. cynical(Adjective)

    showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions.

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

  5. cynical(Adjective)

    like the actions of a snarling dog.

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

  6. Cynical(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

  7. Cynical(Adjective)

    Concerned only with one's own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool

    Etymology: Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cynical(adj)

    having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; currish

  2. Cynical(adj)

    pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle

  3. Cynical(adj)

    belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics; having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or resembling, the doctrines of the cynics

  4. Cynical(adj)

    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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cynical in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cynical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Cynical in a Sentence

  1. Dame Rose Macaulay:

    He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays - cynical, but hopeful.

  2. e:

    Be tough and resilient about your goals, targets, dreams, visions and aspirations. For, you've got to be tough and resilient as far as all of the above is concerned. But, take Note: don't be cynical and rigid. Most especially, with regard to your beliefs and outlook (your attitude to life). ~Emeasoba George.

  3. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

  4. Anthon St Maarten:

    Never shy away from opportunity and wholehearted living. Never be fearful of putting yourself out there. The courageous may encounter many disappointments, experience profound disillusionment, gather many wounds; but cherish your scars for they are the proud emblems of a truly phenomenal life. The fearful, cautious, cynical and self-repressed do not live at all. And that is simply no way to be in this world.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    I understood that my recounting in my book A Time for Truth the threats he made in the 2009 Texas Attorney General race—and the disparaging remarks he made about President George H.W. Bush—would cause him some discomfort, but I never imagined that his response would be a straight-out falsehood. It's disappointing; this is why people are so cynical about politics, because too many people are willing to lie.

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