Cynical meaning

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Skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.
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The definition of cynical is having a belief that people only do things to serve their own needs.

An example of cynical is someone who believes another only gave to charity to get a date with the person asking for the donation.

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Sarcastic, sneering, etc.
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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.
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Of or relating to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.
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Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity.

Cynical laughter.

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Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness.

A cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.

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Cynic.
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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.

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Of or relating to the Cynics, a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.
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Concerned only with one's own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool.
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Selfishly or callously calculating.

Showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation.

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Showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions.
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(medicine, rare) Like the actions of a snarling dog.

A cynic spasm.

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Origin of cynical

  • Originated 1580–90 from cynic+-al.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Cynic + -al.

    From Wiktionary