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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

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

I'm very used to playing the tomboy or the sarcastic cynic. That's my go-to. Playing the vulnerable of a real girl that's in real womanlike situations, where it's romanticized, I'm a little nervous about it.
Kristen Bell

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
Maya Angelou

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

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

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