distrusting or disparaging the motives of others; like or characteristic of a .
showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one’s actions, especially by actions that exploit the scruples of others.
bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic.
(initial capital letter) (def 5).
He may just be cynical enough to go along, if he believes that Obama is serious—that is, a little dangerous.
The Obama Doctrine on Syria: Re-Opening the Diplomatic Window Bernard Avishai September 2, 2013
Why follow the cynical politics of the past that led us over the cliff in the first place?
A Manifesto for Young Voters Mark McKinnon, Rob Shepardson May 3, 2009
But this cynical take is too glib and sweeping to explain everything.
Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others Jedediah Purdy September 1, 2014
While some may see a cynical feint—float in the Dead Sea and watch the Jewish vote pour in!
Carly’s Schlep to Israel Samuel P. Jacobs September 7, 2010
But the high-end world of private equity and hedge funds is a cynical one.
The Insider-Trading Cloud Hanging Over SAC Capital’s Steven A. Cohen Daniel Gross November 26, 2012
When he is listening, I say all the horrid, cynical, heartless things I can think of.
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Elizabeth Von Arnim
But Robin didn’t laugh; his eyes, morose and cynical, held her there.
Life and Death of Harriett Frean May Sinclair
The broad and cynical buffoonery of Scarron’s burlesques had always shocked his severe and pure taste.
A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But theft, cynical theft for the purpose of profit and enjoyment, is beyond me!
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
I remembered how cynical she had always been as to the merits of her own sex.
The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
distrustful or contemptuous of virtue, esp selflessness in others; believing the worst of others, esp that all acts are selfish
showing contempt for accepted standards of behaviour, esp of honesty or morality: the politician betrayed his promises in a cynical way
1580s, “resembling Cynic philosophers,” from cynic + -al (1). By late 17c. the meaning had shaded into the general one of “critical, disparaging the motives of others, captious, sneering, peevish.” Related: Cynically.
disposition, character, or belief. a remark. (initial capital letter) any of the doctrines or practices of the Cynics. Contemporary Examples The cynicism of the American electorate is nothing compared to that of its Italian counterpart. Berlusconi Burlesque Alex Massie September 22, 2009 In the U.S., however, the twin reactions to his advice have been: disinterest […]
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to move one’s feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music. to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly: to dance with joy. to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond. to perform or take part in […]
Charles (Robert) 1809–82, English naturalist and author. his grandfather, Erasmus, 1731–1802, English naturalist and poet. a seaport in and the capital of Northern Territory, in N Australia. a territory in N Australia. 523,620 sq. mi. (1,356,175 sq. km). Capital: Darwin. Contemporary Examples But, “the kind of list that Darwin made was completely useless,” says Lehrer. […]
(sometimes lowercase) pertaining to Charles or his doctrines. a follower of Charles ; a person who accepts or advocates Darwinism. Contemporary Examples That’s right: The blind Darwinian process somehow gave rise to the world’s most gorgeous dog. In Praise of the Mexican Hairless Dog Noah Kristula-Green February 13, 2012 In the Darwinian world of media […]
the Darwinian theory that species originate by descent, with variation, from parent forms, through the natural selection of those individuals best adapted for the reproductive success of their kind. Contemporary Examples He is a not just a grinning creationist, he is also willing to disdain Darwinism with a sinister pugnacity. Mike Huckabee’s End Times John […]