Cynical Definition

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.
Webster's New World
Sarcastic, sneering, etc.
Webster's New World
Selfishly or callously calculating.
Showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation.
American Heritage
Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness.
A cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.
American Heritage
Webster's New World

Origin of Cynical

  • Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

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  • From Cynic + -al.

    From Wiktionary

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