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cynicism

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noun cyn·i·cism \ˈsi-nə-ˌsi-zəm\

Simple Definition of cynicism

  • : cynical beliefs : beliefs that people are generally selfish and dishonest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cynicism

  1. 1 capitalized :  the doctrine of the Cynics

  2. 2 :  cynical attitude or quality; also :  a cynical comment or act

Examples of cynicism in a sentence

  1. Nothing could change her cynicism about politics.



1663

First Known Use of cynicism

1663


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