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.

    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. 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.

  2. Craig Klugman of DePaul University:

    I'd like to think this is a well-meaning way to make compassionate-use decisions as objective as possible, but my cynical side says it gives the company another way to say no.

  3. Edward Zehr:

    I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either.

  4. Oleksander Turchynov:

    I want to draw the attention of our strategic partners to the blatant and cynical discrediting by Russia of all the joint peace efforts.

  5. 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.

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