cynical

  • 1 cynical — cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic, misogynic are comparable when meaning deeply and often contemptuously dis trustful. Cynical implies a sneering disbelief in sincerity and integrity {the ease with which she asserted or denied whatever suited… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 cynical — [sin′i kəl] adj. [< L cynicus, of the Cynics: see CYNIC] 1. believing that people are motivated in all their actions only by selfishness; denying the sincerity of people s motives and actions, or the value of living 2. sarcastic, sneering, etc …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 cynical — I adjective acrimonious, apt to distrust, arrogant, caustic, cavalier, censorious, condemnatory, contemptuous, contumelious, critical, decrying, defamatory, defeatist, denunciatory, derisive, derogative, derogatory, despising, disapproving,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 cynical — 1580s, resembling Cynic philosophers, from CYNIC (Cf. cynic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). By late 17c. the meaning had shaded into the general one of critical, disparaging the motives of others, captious, sneering, peevish. Related: Cynically …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 cynical — [adj] nonbelieving; doubtful contemptuous, derisive, ironic, misanthropic, misanthropical, mocking, pessimistic, sarcastic, sardonic, scoffing, scornful, skeptical, sneering, suspicious, unbelieving, wry; concepts 267,403 Ant. believing, hopeful …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 cynical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending not to believe in the integrity or sincerity of others. 2) sceptical. 3) contemptuous; mocking. 4) concerned only with one s own interests. DERIVATIVES cynically adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 cynical — 01. Harvey is a very [cynical] guy who would never believe that anyone did anything out of generosity. 02. You are such a [cynic]! Don t you believe in anything? 03. Calvin s [cynical] view of the world has kept him from making many friends. 04.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 8 Cynical — Cynic Cyn ic (s[i^]n [i^]k), Cynical Cyn ic*al ( [i^]*kal), a. [L. cynicus of the sect of Cynics, fr. Gr. kyniko s, prop., dog like, fr. ky wn, kyno s, dog. See {Hound}.] 1. Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; currish. I hope …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 cynical — adjective Date: 1542 1. captious, peevish 2. having or showing the attitude or temper of a cynic: as a. contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives < those cynical men who say that democracy cannot be honest and efficient …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 cynical — cyn|i|cal [ sınıkl ] adjective * 1. ) someone who is cynical believes that people care only about themselves and are not sincere or honest 2. ) someone who is cynical expects things not to be successful or useful: cynical about: I know that some… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 cynical — [[t]sɪ̱nɪk(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as cynical, you mean they believe that people always act selfishly. ...his cynical view of the world. Ant: idealistic Derived words: cynically ADV GRADED ADV with v As a backpacker said… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 cynical */ — UK [ˈsɪnɪk(ə)l] / US adjective 1) someone who is cynical believes that people care only about themselves and are not sincere or honest 2) someone who is cynical expects things not to be successful or useful cynical about: I know that some of you… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 cynical — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, seem, sound ▪ I hope I don t sound unduly cynical. ▪ become, get, grow …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 cynical — adj. cynical about (cynical about smb. s motives) * * * [ sɪnɪk(ə)l] cynical about (cynical about smb. s motives) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 cynical — cyn|i|cal [ˈsınıkəl] adj 1.) unwilling to believe that people have good, honest, or sincere reasons for doing something ▪ a cynical view of human nature cynical about ▪ The public is cynical about election promises. 2.) not caring that something… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 cynical — cynic, cynical Cynical is the adjective form used in the meaning ‘doubting human sincerity or integrity’ and has developed a further meaning ‘disregarding normal rules or standards’, as in a cynical foul, a cynical tackle, etc. Cynic is used with …

    Modern English usage

  • 17 cynical — cynically, adv. cynicalness, n. /sin i keuhl/, adj. 1. like or characteristic of a cynic; distrusting or disparaging the motives of others. 2. showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one s actions, esp. by actions that… …

    Universalium

  • 18 cynical — adjective unwilling to believe that people have good, honest, or sincere reasons for doing something: You re just so cynical, Dave! Don t you believe in anything? (+ about): Since her divorce she s become very cynical about men. cynically /kli/… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 cynical — [ˈsɪnɪk(ə)l] adj 1) someone who is cynical believes that people care only about themselves and are not sincere or honest 2) willing to harm other people in order to get an advantage a cynical attempt to damage the government s reputation[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 Cynical — adjective a) 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. b) Concerned only with ones own interests and disregarding accepted …

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