Gayle's cynical strategy of pushing the project is due to the fact that her friend's company will profit from the multimillion dollar contract as part of the deal.
An example of cynical is someone who believes another only gave to charity to get a date with the person asking for the donation.
- 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
- sarcastic, sneering, etc.
- [C-] Cynic
Origin of cynicalfrom Classical Latin cynicus, of the Cynics: see cynic
- Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others: a cynical dismissal of the politician's promise to reform the campaign finance system.
- Selfishly or callously calculating: showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation.
- Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness: a cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.
- Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter.
(comparative more cynical, superlative most 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 actions.
- (medicine, rare) like the actions of a snarling dog.
- a cynic spasm
Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.
From Cynic + -al.