The definition of cynicism is an attitude of suspicion where you believe the future is bleak and that people are acting only out of self interest.
An example of cynicism is when you always think the worst and have a hard time seeing the good in anyone.
- [C-] the philosophy of the Cynics
- the attitudes or beliefs of a cynical person
- a cynical remark, idea, or action
- An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others: the public cynicism aroused by governmental scandals.
- A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act: “She arrived at a philosophy of her own, all made up of her private notations and cynicisms” ( Henry James )
- Cynicism The beliefs of the ancient Cynics.
(countable and uncountable, plural cynicisms)
- (uncountable) a distrustful attitude
- David T Wolf: "Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows."
- (uncountable) an emotion of jaded negativity, or a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of other people. Cynicism can manifest itself by frustration, disillusionment and distrust in regard to organizations, authorities and other aspects of society, often due to previous bad experience. Cynics often view others as motivated solely by disguised self-interest.
- (countable) a skeptical, scornful or pessimistic comment or act