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Noun
/ˈsinəˌsizəm/,
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cynicisms, plural;
  1. An inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism
    • - public cynicism about politics
  2. An inclination to question whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile; pessimism
    • - cynicism about the future
  3. A school of ancient Greek philosophers, the Cynics


  1. a cynical feeling of distrust
  2. (cynic) someone who is critical of the motives of others
  3. (cynic) 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
  4. (cynical) believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
  5. Cynicism (κυνισμός), in its original form, refers to the beliefs of an ancient school of Greek philosophers known as the Cynics (Κυνικοί, Cynici). Their philosophy was that the purpose of life was to live a life of Virtue in agreement with Nature. ...
  6. Cynicism is to an attitude of jaded negativity, and a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of other people. ...
  7. (Cynic(band)) Cynic is an American progressive metal band, incorporating experimental rock and jazz fusion elements, founded in Miami, Florida and currently based in Los Angeles, California. ...
  8. (Cynical (song)) "Cynical" is the first single from rock band Extreme's fourth studio album Waiting for the Punchline.
  9. (The Cynics) The Cynics are an influential garage rock revival band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band, consisting of guitarist Gregg Kostelich, drummer Bill Von Hagen, vocalist Michael Kastelic, bass player Steve Magee, and keyboardist and later founder of New York City's Bellwether ...
  10. the philosophy of the Greek Cynics
  11. (cynic) A person who believes that all people are motivated by selfishness; A person whose outlook is scornfully negative
  12. (cynical) of or relating to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness; skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others; bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking; showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's ...
  13. (CYNIC) Somebody who has been around long enough to have seen it all before, and thus is not buying it this time.
  14. (CYNIC) n.  Someone who smells the flowers and looks for the casket.
  15. (Cynic) A sneering fault-finder to whom nothing appeals.
  16. (Cynic) One of the seven attitudes. Its positive pole is contradiction; its negative pole is denigration. Cynics view the world in terms of what isn't, or of what won't work.
  17. (Cynic) Someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
  18. (Cynic) n.: One who looks through rose-colored glasses with a jaundiced eye.
  19. (The Cynic) a bespectacled man with a constant sneer. He considers the hopes of the other adventurers futile. He seeks the Carbuncle to prove to everyone that it doesn't exist.
  20. Cynic philosophers stressed the sense-perceived individual and refuted the idea that there are universal objects of knowledge. They held the refinements and conventions of polite society in contempt, and saw virtue as the only good and pleasure as evil. ...
  21. (Cynical) speakers presenting verbal or nonverbal messages they don't believe, attempting to create a false image.
  22. (cynical) A. seeing little or no good in other people, believing that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere. Cynical suggests a disbelief in the sincerity of human motives
  23. (cynical) There were a few weeks in the sixth grade when I had heard the word "cynical" just enough times to be almost ready to use it myself. I had been accumulating a sense of the word. ...
  24. (cynical) like or characteristic of a cynic
  25. (Cynics) a school of philosophers, founded by Antisthenes. Their texts were a kind of caricature of Socraticism. Nothing was good but virtue, nothing bad but vice. The Cynics repudiated all civil and social claims, and attempted to return to what they called a state of nature. ...