What does cynic mean?

Definitions for cynicˈsɪn ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cynic.

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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cynic

    -al, sin′ik, -al, adj. dog-like: surly: snarling: austere; misanthropic.—ns. Cynan′thropy, lycanthropy; Cyn′ic, one of a sect of philosophers founded by Antisthenes of Athens (born c. 444 B.C.), characterised by an ostentatious contempt for riches, arts, science, and amusements—so called from their morose manners: a morose man: a snarler; Cyn′icism, surliness: contempt for human nature: heartlessness, misanthropy.—adv. Cyn′ically.—n. Cyn′icalness. [Gr. kynikos, dog-like—kyōn, kynos, a dog; cf. L. can-is.]

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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cynic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cynic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Antony Jay / Jonathon Lynn, Sir Humphrey Appleby from the "Yes, Minister" Series:

    A Cynic is what an Optimist calls a Realist

  2. Marvin D. Levy:

    The day a person becomes a cynic is the day he loses his youth.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

  4. H.L. Mencken:

    A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

  5. Vachel Lindsay:

    Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil.

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