Cynicism meaning

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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.

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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.

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(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.
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The philosophy of the Cynics.
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(countable) A skeptical, scornful or pessimistic comment or act.
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A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act.
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The beliefs of the ancient Cynics.
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The attitudes or beliefs of a cynical person.
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(uncountable) A distrustful attitude.

David T Wolf: "Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows."

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A cynical remark, idea, or action.
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Origin of cynicism

  • From Cynicism, cynic +‎ -ism; compare cynism

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