cynical


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. It's really hard not to be [cynical] about this new government's promise to bring integrity back to politics, given their previous scandals.
05. I'd rather be naïve, and be taken advantage of from time to time than be [cynical] about everything, and trust no one.
06. The average rock video [cynically] uses sex to gain attention.
07. I find your constant [cynicism] a bit too much sometimes. Not everyone is out to screw others, you know.
08. Oscar Wilde once said that a [cynic] is one who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
09. Marvin D. Levy once remarked that the day a person becomes a [cynic] is the day he loses his youth.
10. Harry Emerson Fosdick once said, "Watch what people are [cynical] about, and one can often discover what they lack."
11. Jonathon Duffy recently suggested that [cynicism] seems to have become the defining attitude of our time.
12. More and more people today seem to be [cynical] of government, the media, and big business. Everyone seems to think that others are simply out to help themselves.
13. She is a very [cynical] person, and finds it hard to have lasting relationships because she often simply doesn't believe what her lovers tell her.
14. He developed a [cynical] character after constantly being disappointed by those around him.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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