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. Emmerson Mnangagwa:

    One week ago I announced measures to stabilize our nation's crucial fuel supply. I was aware that these measures may not be popular, and this was not a decision we took lightly. But it was the right thing to do, what followed was regrettable and tragic. Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a peaceful protest. Wanton violence and cynical destruction ; looting police stations, stealing guns and uniforms ; incitement and threats of violence. This is not the Zimbabwean way.

  2. Brad Gerstner:

    Yesterday's last-ditch effort – adding just three people to its now 15-person board – is a cynical attempt to preserve power by this entrenched board.

  3. Alamos CEO John McCluskey:

    It is a very cynical thing to say, but I believe that this whole attack is essentially just an environmental cloak that is being put over what is really a deep political agenda, what I've never experienced in the past is where there has been very deliberate misinformation about this project that is being published in an effort to get very rapidly a very emotive social media response.

  4. Joseph Pulitzer:

    An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.

  5. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg:

    This is a matter that the government is taking very seriously. We neither can nor will give in to pressure from terrorists and criminals. Norway does not pay ransom, this is a principle we cannot depart from in the face of cynical terrorists. Payment of ransom would increase the risk that other Norwegian nationals will be taken hostage.

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