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Definition of Cynical


  1. Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; currish.
  2. Pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle.
  3. Belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics; having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or resembling, the doctrines of the cynics.
  4. 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.

Cynical Quotations

Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems.
Jurgen Habermas

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury

I think there are good men and women in all decades. We've grown cynical. And look at what we do to all our heroes: Churchill, FDR, Kennedy, they all had affairs. But heroic things happen every day.
Kevin Costner

The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.
Hillary Clinton

I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Cynical Translations

cynical in Afrikaans is sinies
cynical in Dutch is cynisch
cynical in French is cynique
cynical in German is zynisch
cynical in Hungarian is cinikus
cynical in Norwegian is kynisk
cynical in Swedish is cynisk
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