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.
Origin of cynical; from 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.