Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


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 and cynicism.
What the Secret Documents Reveal Dr. Cheryl Benard November 3, 2010

But Sciortino cut her teeth in that world of excess irony, cynicism, and posturing.
Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism? Lizzie Crocker May 21, 2014

Israelis who believe in peace must shake off their fatigue and cynicism and say: NO.
Savoring The Afterglow Of Obama’s Speech Lara Friedman March 20, 2013

After Vietnam, it was axiomatic that the press would approach those in power with a skepticism verging on cynicism.
Nixon, Obama, and How We Lost Trust in the U.S. Government Stuart Stevens October 30, 2013

Historical Examples

The disregard of these common decencies lays him open to the charges of cruelty, cynicism, hardness.
Notes on Life and Letters Joseph Conrad

The development of living ideals is not in an atmosphere of cynicism.
The Call of the Twentieth Century David Starr Jordan

It will confirm Mr. Beverly in his cynicism regarding her want of taste.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878. Various

From vanity he spoke of himself in the highest terms and from cynicism in the lowest.
Initiation into Philosophy Emile Faguet

He had listened in silence to the others, his rather thick but expressive lips curving with cynicism.
The Last Shot Frederick Palmer

the attitude or beliefs of a cynic
a cynical action, remark, idea, etc
the doctrines of the Cynics

1670s, “philosophy of the Cynics,” from cynic + -ism. Meaning “cynical character” is from 1847. For nuances of usage of cynicism, see humor.


Read Also:

  • Anti dancing

    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 […]

  • Darwin

    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. […]

  • Darwinian

    (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 […]

  • Darwinism

    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 […]

Disclaimer: Cynicism definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.