An example of a cynic is someone who thinks that people only volunteer so that they can receive a reward at the end.
The cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle.
Origin of cynic
- Latin cynicus Cynic philosopher from Greek kunikos from kuōn kun- dog kwon- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English cynike, cynicke, from Middle French cinicque, from Latin cynicus, from Ancient Greek κυνικός (kynikós), originally derived from the portico in Athens called Κυνόσαργες (Kunosarges), the earliest home of the Cynic school, later reinterpreted as a derivation of κύων (kúōn, “dog”), in a contemptuous allusion to the uncouth and aggressive manners adopted by the members of the school.
- The word may have first been applied to Cynics because of the nickname κύων kuōn (dog) given to Diogenes of Sinope, the prototypical Cynic.