cynically


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cyn·i·cal

 (sĭn′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others: a cynical dismissal of the politician's promise to reform the campaign finance system.
2. Selfishly or callously calculating: showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation.
3. Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness: a cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.
4. Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter.

cyn′i·cal·ly adv.
cyn′i·cal·ness n.
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Adv.1.cynically - with cynicism; in a cynical manner; "Larsen's frost-blackened lips curved cynically"
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Translations
بصورة ساخِرَه
cynicky
kyniskt
cinikusan
meinhæînislega, kaldhæînislega
cynicky
alaycı bir şekilde

cynically

[ˈsɪnɪklɪ] ADVcínicamente, con cinismo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

cynically

[ˈsɪnɪkli] adv
[say] → avec cynisme, cyniquement
[manipulate, exploit] → avec cynisme, sans vergogne
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

cynically

advzynisch
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cynically

[ˈsɪnɪklɪ] advcinicamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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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References in classic literature ?
In time, however, there came another youth, as true, I dare say, as the first, but not so well known to me, and I shrugged my shoulders cynically to see my old friend once more a matchmaker.
And if anybody remarks cynically that I must have been a promising infant in those days, let that stand, too.
Pierre recalled how Helene had smilingly expressed disapproval of Dolokhov's living at their house, and how cynically Dolokhov had praised his wife's beauty to him and from that time till they came to Moscow had not left them for a day.
He returned to his chest, and cynically composed himself to slumber.
"It took her just that long to find out she couldn't get anybody else," said Dan, cynically.
During the two centuries while England had been steadily winning her way to constitutional government, France had past more and more completely under the control of a cynically tyrannical despotism and a cynically corrupt and cruel feudal aristocracy.
`I guess after you got here you had plenty of live dolls to nurse, like me!' Lena remarked cynically.
They laughed cynically at my face, at my clumsy figure; and yet what stupid faces they had themselves.
"It is for you to decide, captain," said he cynically; "but this one will make no deeference.
Martin smiled cynically as he let his thoughts drift along this channel.
"I think of people more kindly when I am away from them"; adding cynically, "God knows; perhaps we will shake down together some day, for weariness; thousands have done it!"
"Hot words (in ink) from the leddy to the gentleman!" He ran his eye over the second letter, on the fourth page of the paper, and added, cynically, "A trifle caulder (in pencil) from the gentleman to the leddy!