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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
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Despite all of this political cynism, the American public still periodically revisits Capraland, from "The Farmer's Daughter" (1947), with a working title of "Katie for Congress," to "Dave" (1993) to "The American President" (1995).