cynicism


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cyn·i·cism

 (sĭn′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
n.
1. An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others: the public cynicism aroused by governmental scandals.
2. A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act: "She arrived at a philosophy of her own, all made up of her private notations and cynicisms" (Henry James).
3. Cynicism The beliefs of the ancient Cynics.

cynicism

(ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm)
n
1. the attitude or beliefs of a cynic
2. a cynical action, remark, idea, etc

Cynicism

(ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) the doctrines of the Cynics

cyn•i•cism

(ˈsɪn əˌsɪz əm)

n.
1. cynical disposition or belief.
2. a cynical remark.
3. (cap.) the doctrines of the Cynics.
[1665–75]

Cynicism

a Greek philosophy of the 4th century B.C. advocating the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control and individual freedom, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath the dignity of man. — Cynic, n.Cynical, adj.
See also: Philosophy
the holding or expressing of opinions that reveal disbelief and sometimes disdain for commonly held human values and virtues. Also called cynism. See also philosophy. — cynic, n.cynical, adj.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cynicism - a cynical feeling of distrust
pessimism - the feeling that things will turn out badly

cynicism

noun
1. scepticism, pessimism, sarcasm, misanthropy, sardonicism I found Ben's cynicism wearing at times.
2. disbelief, doubt, scepticism, mistrust This talk betrays a certain cynicism about free trade.
Quotations
"Cynicism is intellectual dandyism without the coxcomb's feathers" [George Meredith The Egoist]
Translations
cynismus
kyniskhedkynisme
kyynisyys
cinizam
cinizmus
meinhæîni, kaldhæîni; kÿnismi
cynizmus
cynism
kötümserlik

cynicism

[ˈsɪnɪsɪzəm] Ncinismo m

cynicism

[ˈsɪnɪsɪzəm] ncynisme m

cynicism

n
no plZynismus m
(= cynical remark)zynische Bemerkung
Cynicism (Philos) → Kynismus m, → Zynismus m

cynicism

[ˈsɪnɪsɪzm] ncinismo

cynical

(ˈsinikəl) adjective
inclined to believe the worst, especially about people. a cynical attitude.
ˈcynically adverb
ˈcynic noun
a person who believes the worst about everyone. He is a cynic – he thinks no-one is really unselfish.
ˈcynicism (-sizəm) noun
References in classic literature ?
In Bjornson there is nothing of Ibsen's scornful despair, nothing of his anarchistic contempt, but his art is full of the warmth and color of a poetic soul, with no touch of the icy cynicism which freezes you in the other.
But not so much as her cynicism in the long dialogue with her lover which followed.
It is the doctrine of universal experience professed with a cynicism that is really most extraordinary, and which, presenting itself in a young woman of considerable education, appears to me to be the judgment of a society.
Cynicism--not the superficial cynicism that snarls and sneers, but the cynicism that can go with courtesy and tenderness--that was the note of Mrs.
To gaze into the depths of blue of the child's eyes and pronounce their loveliness a trick of premature cunning was to be guilty of a cynicism in preference to which I naturally preferred to abjure my judgment and, so far as might be, my agitation.
I evaded all her moves; but when at last I decided to give her a hearing, I confess it needed all my cynicism to resist her air of innocence, of pathetic devotion.
The judges themselves appeared to be stupefied, and the jury manifested tokens of disgust for cynicism so unexpected in a man of fashion.
Their pleasantry and their piety show cracks, their wit becomes cynicism, their unselfishness hypocrisy; they feel and produce discomfort wherever they go.
Manson Mingott had become known--her cynicism was held to exceed his; and she had not the excuse--nor her detractors the satisfaction-- of pleading that she was "a foreigner.
Hayward felt that life was full of ugliness, his soul revolted from the thought of affronting again the cynicism of examiners, and he saw something rather splendid in kicking away the ball which lay at his feet.
I arranged my hair with a curl over the forehead, and threw an air of tender wistfulness into my expression, mingled with a touch of cynicism, which I am told suits me.
The awful cynicism of this made an uncomfortable impression, and most of them began to look rather doubtful.