What does cynical mean?

Definitions for cynical
ˈsɪn ɪ kəlcyn·i·cal

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

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.

  2. cynical(Adjective)

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

  3. cynical(Adjective)

    bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.

  4. cynical(Adjective)

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

  5. cynical(Adjective)

    like the actions of a snarling dog.

  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.

  7. Cynical(Adjective)

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

  8. Origin: 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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How to say cynical in sign language?

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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. Ted Koppel:

    I am cynical because.

  2. Scott Long:

    It's a cynical, opportunistic kind of power play.

  3. Lily Tomlin:

    No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.

  4. Martin Weinberg:

    Truth is the first casualty of this sort of cynical agreement.

  5. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

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

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