Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity,
Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity
her cynical attitude
Doubtful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile
most residents are cynical about efforts to clean mobsters out of their city
he gave a cynical laugh
Concerned only with one's own interests and typically disregarding accepted or appropriate standards in order to achieve them
a cynical manipulation of public opinion
believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
(cynically) with cynicism; in a cynical manner; "Larsen's frost-blackened lips curved cynically"
(cynicism) a cynical feeling of distrust
"Cynical" is the first single from rock band Extreme's fourth studio album Waiting for the Punchline.
Cynicism (κυνισμός), in its original form, refers to the beliefs of an ancient school of Greek philosophers known as the Cynics (Κυνικοί, Cynici). Their philosophy was that the purpose of life was to live a life of Virtue in agreement with Nature. ...
(Cynicism (contemporary)) Cynicism is to an attitude of jaded negativity, and a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of other people. ...
of or relating 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; bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking; showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions; ...
(Cynicism) (1) a euphemism for realism. (2) intellectual dandyism.
(Cynicism) Despairing doubtfulness, a defense against the challenges of hopefulness and idealism. A common reflex of college students; as Mark Edmundson says, “Cynicism became their habitual mode. They are the progeny of Bart Simpson and David Letterman, and the hyper-cool ethos of the box. ...
(cynicism) Belief (expressed by Diogenes) that the entire point of human life is the satisfaction of our most basic natural needs, without any respect for social conventions. ...
(cynicism) Lack of wishful thinking.
(cynicism) a scornful or jaded negativity; a belief that people are motivated by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons^6
(cynicism) a theory of human nature, holding that no virtue is possible to man, that all men are corrupt in some form. Here, it is the mistaken view that Wynand accepts from his tough upbringing.
There were a few weeks in the sixth grade when I had heard the word "cynical" just enough times to be almost ready to use it myself. I had been accumulating a sense of the word. ...
A. seeing little or no good in other people, believing that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere. Cynical suggests a disbelief in the sincerity of human motives
speakers presenting verbal or nonverbal messages they don't believe, attempting to create a false image.