from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others.
- adjective Selfishly or callously calculating.
- adjective Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness.
- adjective Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
- Having or showing a disposition to disbelieve in or doubt the sincerity or value of social usages or of personal character, motives, or doings, and to express or intimate the disbelief or doubt by sarcasm, satire, sneers, or other in-direction; captious; carping; sarcastic; satirical: as, a cynical remark; a cynical smile.
- Synonyms Pessimistic, etc. (see
misanthropic), morose, sarcastic, satirical, carping, censorious, snappish, waspish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective of or relating to the belief that human actions are
motivatedonly or primarily by base desiresor selfishness.
skepticalof the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.
bitterlyor jadedly distrustfulor contemptuous; mocking.
- adjective showing
contemptfor accepted moral standardsby one's actions.
- adjective medicine, rare like the actions of a
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- adjective believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
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His argument is clear: any politician who charms and inspires the voters, who talks in generalities and abstractions, is engaging in what he calls the cynical politics of celebrity marketing, turning himself to into a product.
Though Mesa admires the democratic principles on which the U.S. was founded, he opposes what he terms the cynical lack of application of those values, including the denial of due process to Guantanamo detainees under former President Bush.
When I'm met with people who wanna remain "cynical" and entertained while the US is slaughtering tens of thousands of people in Asia and ruining a good bit of their own landmass, I either get tongue-tied or abusive.
They encounter opposition from other army units, civilians cynical from a government of broken promises, uncaring aristocrats, and corrupt politicians.
I realize that being cynical is a way of life for you … but perhaps in the future you will refrain from bastardizing the word “evil” to suit your political needs.
Upbeat but cynical is a perfect description of her voice.
They're at risk of succumbing to the deluge of paid lies, voting for candidates who don't represent their values or staying home in cynical resignation.
It's ever so tempting to look at the Detroit Lions and roll one's eyes in cynical derision.
What's cynical is to devise a series of assessments that don't assess anything meaningful; assessments that lead to a perfectly predictable bell-curve distribution of performance, and then build an entire system of accountability, even of pedagogy, based on those fatally flawed assessments.
How cynical is that: One republican introduced the bill talking on end of life conselling for old people that democrats agreed on in a spirit of bipartisan.