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Concerned only with one's own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool
Of or relating to the Cynics, a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue
like the actions of a snarling dog
bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking
of or related to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness
skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others
showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions
exhibiting moral skepticism
{s} sarcastic; doubting the sincerity of others, pessimistic
{a} satirical, snarling, churlish
Concerned only with ones own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool
Pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle
believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e g selflessness of others
showing contempt for accepted moral standards by ones actions
Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; currish
Belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics; having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or resembling, the doctrines of the cynics
believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e
Given to sneering at rectitude and the conduct of life by moral principles; disbelieving in the reality of any human purposes which are not suggested or directed by self-interest or self-indulgence; as, a cynical man who scoffs at pretensions of integrity; characterized by such opinions; as, cynical views of human nature
If you are cynical about something, you do not believe that it can be successful or that the people involved are honest. It's hard not to be cynical about reform
selflessness of others
If you describe someone as cynical, you mean they believe that people always act selfishly. his cynical view of the world. idealistic + cynically cyni·cal·ly As one former customer said cynically, `He's probably pocketed the difference!'
cynical abuse
sarcastic words directed at another person
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Of or related to the Cynics
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A person who believes that all people are motivated by selfishness
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{n} a snarling philosopher, snarler, brute
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{a} satirical, snarling, churlish
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{a} in a cynical manner
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a member of a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue
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a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control
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Belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics; having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or resembling, the doctrines of the cynics
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The first Cynics were noted for austere lives and their scorn for social customs and current philosophical opinions
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someone who is critical of the motives of others
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{i} one who is cynical, pessimist, one who tends to be sarcastic
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Hence the term Cynic symbolized, in the popular judgment, moroseness, and contempt for the views of others
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A person whose outlook is scornfully negative
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Pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle
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A cynic is someone who believes that people always act selfishly. I have come to be very much of a cynic in these matters. someone who is not willing to believe that people have good, honest, or sincere reasons for doing something (cynicus, from kynikos , from kyon )
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someone who is critical of the motives of others a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control
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One who holds views resembling those of the Cynics; a snarler; a misanthrope; particularly, a person who believes that human conduct is directed, either consciously or unconsciously, wholly by self-interest or self-indulgence, and that appearances to the contrary are superficial and untrustworthy
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One of a sect or school of philosophers founded by Antisthenes, and of whom Diogenes was a disciple
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Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; currish
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Given to sneering at rectitude and the conduct of life by moral principles; disbelieving in the reality of any human purposes which are not suggested or directed by self-interest or self-indulgence; as, a cynical man who scoffs at pretensions of integrity; characterized by such opinions; as, cynical views of human nature
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in a cynical manner; "Larsen's frost-blackened lips curved cynically"
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disapproval If you say that someone is cynically doing something, you mean they are doing it to benefit themselves and they do not care that they are deceiving, harming, or using people. He accused the mainstream political parties of cynically exploiting this situation. see also cynical
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in a cynical manner; "Larsen's frost-blackened lips curved cynically
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sarcastically, pessimistically, scornfully, suspiciously
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