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Definition of Cynical

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

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

Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
George Carlin

Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
Aldous Huxley

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
George S. Patton

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
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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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