Simple Definition of cynic
: a person who has negative opinions about other people and about the things people do; especially : a person who believes that people are selfish and are only interested in helping themselves
Full Definition of cynic
1 capitalized : an adherent of an ancient Greek school of philosophers who held the view that virtue is the only good and that its essence lies in self-control and independence
2 : a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest
Examples of cynic
He's too much of a cynic to see the benefits of marriage.
A cynic might think that the governor visited the hospital just to gain votes.
Reporters who cover politics often become cynics.
Origin of cynic
Middle French or Latin, Middle French cynique, from Latin cynicus, from Greek kynikos, literally, like a dog, from kyn-, kyōn dog — more at hound
First Known Use: 1542
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