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Cynical

adverb

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.

Example Sentences for

Cynical

1) She sat curled up in her rocking chair and wondered how she, hurt and Cynical as she was, could ever experience love again.
2) It is a matter of distinguishing a creative kind of nothingness from a Cynical nihilism.
3) Well, I ve had a very bad time, Nick, and I m pretty Cynical about everything.’
4) Captain Stott was a little smaller than the major, but cut from the same mold: face hard and smooth as porcelain, Cynical half-smile, a precise centimeter of beard framing a large chin, looking thirty at the most.
5) It is a matter of distinguishing a creative kind of nothingness from a Cynical nihilism.
6) Does this appear to be asking too much? Is the lesson of life really that we always have to settle for less than we want? That nothing or no one can meet our fondest hopes? Beliefs such as this, reinforced by seeing people all around us compromise in every area of their lives “as we all must,” cause us to be Cynical about the possibility of enduring love
7) While she spoke Robert Canler had alternately flushed and paled, and when she ceased speaking he arose, and with a Cynical smile upon his strong face, said: ‘You surprise me, Jane.
8) The belief that one is unworthy or inadequate can be disguised by a Cynical façade and by criticism of others, but a depressed outlook has at its core a sense that the world is a reflection of our
9) She sat curled up in her rocking chair and wondered how she, hurt and Cynical as she was, could ever experience love again.
10) She wasn’t as Cynical as her sister.
11) The other part of her was Cynical and distrustful.
12) They have a Cynical outlook and a contempt for those who dare to hope
13) Captain Stott was a little smaller than the major, but cut from the same mold: face hard and smooth as porcelain, Cynical half-smile, a precise centimeter of beard framing a large chin, looking thirty at the most.
14) In early 1972 , with the magazine on the verge of closure by its owners , But a new person becoame editor and the papers coverage changed radically from an uncritical to something intended to be smarter , hipper , more Cynical and funnier than any mainstream British music paper had previously been -LRB- an approach influenced mainly by writers
15) The other part of her was Cynical and distrustful.
16) She wasn’t as Cynical as her sister.
17) Am I being unduly Cynical about marriage?
18) Even Avi didn’t make a Cynical remark, and Orly for once seemed to care about something other than her looks.
19) Well, I ve had a very bad time, Nick, and I m pretty Cynical about everything.’
20) Those who cheat on tests, cut in line, or lie when it is advantageous to do so — in short those who have a Cynical view of what is required to succeed in life — are often simply in the habit of evaluating every situation on the basis of what is best for them
21) Who among us has not lied when it suited our purposes? Why should we be surprised when others play us for fools? While skepticism can serve us well, a Cynical belief that we can trust no one is not an adaptive (or attractive) quality
22) While she spoke Robert Canler had alternately flushed and paled, and when she ceased speaking he arose, and with a Cynical smile upon his strong face, said: ‘You surprise me, Jane.
23) Even Avi didn’t make a Cynical remark, and Orly for once seemed to care about something other than her looks.