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  • Does the President understand that compromising with cynics can lead to a half-cynical outcome?

    RJ Eskow: Base to Obama: Come In, Please

  • Henry provides some helpful "Honeymooners" analysis ( "Gleason ... had rooted the Kramden character ... in his own half-cynical, half-slushy view of life"), but his reporting on the business aspects of Gleason's career is even better.

    The Haunted Honeymooner

  • The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events.

    THE GREAT AMERICAN SIN IS APATHY

  • Maddelena, rather coarse and hard and repellent, declaiming her words in a loud, half-cynical voice, falling on the breast of the

    Twilight in Italy

  • With a half-cynical smile, Lorn looks at the glass, then concentrates on Maran.

    The Magi'i Of Cyador

  • Even Billy's sense of humor was unstirred by the half-cynical sympathy of the night-clerk's gaze; Billy didn't feel a laugh anywhere within him.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows

  • He stood for a moment gazing into vacancy with a half-tender, half-cynical smile on his lips.

    The Making of a Soul

  • Courtland's spine as he watched, his habitual half-cynical smile of amusement still lying unconsciously about his lips, while a new respect for the country student was being born in his heart.

    The Witness

  • He spoke in his old half-sarcastic, half-cynical way, but a feeble, gasping voice, that made an effect of contrast, as of the tragic face espied behind the grinning mask.

    My Little Lady

  • Rooke -- Rooke, with his curious fascination and detached, half-cynical outlook on life, his beautiful ideals and -- Nan's inner self flinched from the acknowledgment -- his frequent fallings-short of them.

    The Moon out of Reach

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