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ˈsɪn ɪ kəlcyn·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cynical, misanthropic, misanthropicaladjective

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


  1. cynicaladjective

    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. cynicaladjective

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

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

  3. cynicaladjective

    bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.

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

  4. cynicaladjective

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

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

  5. cynicaladjective

    like the actions of a snarling dog.

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

  6. Cynicaladjective

    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. Cynicaladjective

    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. Cynicaladjective

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

  2. Cynicaladjective

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

  3. Cynicaladjective

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

  4. Cynicaladjective

    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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  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. Randy Credico:

    When they put this out and they used my name and my letter, they're basically trying to rationalize the cleansing, the purging of the Justice Department and the judiciary. This is very dangerous. That's a cynical move on their part.


    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

  4. Erica Jong:

    Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

  5. Ryan Murphy:

    I sort of felt for me… what I was interested in is we live in a really dark, cynical Trump era time right now, and for me I was looking for something that was a relief from that.

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