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Definition of Cynic

Cynic

  1. Alt. of Cynical
  2. One of a sect or school of philosophers founded by Antisthenes, and of whom Diogenes was a disciple. The first Cynics were noted for austere lives and their scorn for social customs and current philosophical opinions. Hence the term Cynic symbolized, in the popular judgment, moroseness, and contempt for the views of others.
  3. 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.

Cynic Quotations

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
H. L. Mencken

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.
Fannie Hurst

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
Sydney J. Harris

The cynic finds love with the idealist. The rebel with the conformist. The social butterfly with the bookworm. They help each other balance their lives.
Joyce Brothers
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Cynic Translations

cynic in German is Zyniker, zynisch
cynic in Norwegian is kyniker
cynic in Swedish is cyniker