cynical definition

  • adjective:
    • Believing or showing the fact that folks are motivated mainly by base or selfish problems; skeptical regarding the motives of other people: a cynical dismissal of this politician's vow to reform the promotion finance system.
    • Selfishly or callously determining: revealed a cynical neglect for safety of his troops in his attempts to advance his reputation.
    • Negative or cynical, as from world-weariness: a cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.
    • Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter.
    • of or relating to the belief that man actions tend to be motivated only or mainly by base desires or selfishness.
    • skeptical associated with the integrity, sincerity, or motives of other people.
    • bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.
    • showing contempt for accepted ethical standards by a person's actions.
    • just like the activities of a snarling dog.
    • thinking the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of other individuals
    • Believing or showing the fact that folks are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of this motives of other people: a cynical dismissal associated with politician's vow to reform the promotion finance system.
    • Selfishly or callously calculating: revealed a cynical disregard when it comes to security of his troops inside the efforts to advance his reputation.
    • bad or cynical, as from world-weariness: a cynical view associated with the typical voter's intelligence.
    • Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter.
    • of or concerning the belief that human being activities tend to be motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.
    • skeptical of this integrity, sincerity, or motives of other people.
    • bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.
    • showing contempt for accepted moral standards by a person's activities.
    • just like the actions of a snarling puppy.
    • thinking the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of other people
  • others:
    • Same as cynic, 3.
    • Having or showing a disposition to disbelieve in or doubt the sincerity or worth of social usages or of personal character, motives, or doings, and also to show or intimate the disbelief or doubt by sarcasm, satire, sneers, or any other in-direction; captious; carping; sarcastic; satirical: because, a cynical remark; a cynical smile.
    • Synonyms Pessimistic, etc. (identify misanthropic), morose, sarcastic, satirical, carping, censorious, snappish, waspish.
    • identical to cynic, 3.
    • Having or showing a disposition to disbelieve in or question the sincerity or value of personal usages or of personal personality, motives, or doings, also to express or intimate the disbelief or doubt by sarcasm, satire, sneers, or other in-direction; captious; carping; sarcastic; satirical: since, a cynical remark; a cynical look.
    • Synonyms Pessimistic, an such like. (identify misanthropic), morose, sarcastic, satirical, carping, censorious, snappish, waspish.

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