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  • n. Plural form of cynic.


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  • However, inside all skeptics and most cynics is a deep abiding ache to trust and believe but do so without the fear of being disappointed, hurt, betrayed or traumatized again.

    Mark Goulston, M.D.: Electorate 2010 -- "Cynics 'R' Us"

  • I actuall believe that the analogy betwoon the podcast and the cynics is not that farfetched.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Request Line OPEN!

  • If being American does not entail an urge to bring freedom to those who are not… than perhaps the so called cynics are not so far off the mark.

    Virgil Goode Sticks His Foot In It

  • But UFO skeptics, whom the UFOlogists prefer to call cynics, believe UFOs are strictly a religious phenomenon.

    UFO Seekers Search for Respect

  • The cynics are the politicians who claim to abhor politics, the candidates who feign outrage when they are accused of campaigning.

    Time to Tee Off On Cynical Pols

  • The cynics are the people of to-day who write books which attribute low motives to every one, which turn love into lust, which care not what is written so long as it can be made certain that there is nothing in the world which has not a hidden meaning.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • Some men have been called cynics from their whelpish ill-temper, but none of them have ever adopted a real canine snarl, though it might express their feelings better than human language.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) With an Introduction upon Ancient Humour

  • Spiritualism in France -- the hirelings are earning their pay and the cynics are affecting to be astonished.

    London: Saturday, September 16, 1865

  • If he is fortunate, however, as a favourite child of knowledge should be, he will meet with suitable auxiliaries who will shorten and lighten his task; I mean so - called cynics, those who simply recognize the animal, the commonplace and "the rule" in themselves, and at the same time have so much spirituality and ticklishness as to make them talk of themselves and their like BEFORE WITNESSES -- sometimes they wallow, even in books, as on their own dung-hill.

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • In the evaluations which followed, Amanda apologized for all us "cynics," calling the performance "the biggest wake up call ever."

    Neil McCarthy: She Had A Dream


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