cynicism

noun
cyn·​i·​cism | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce cynicism (audio) \

Definition of cynicism

1 capitalized : the doctrine of the Cynics (see cynic sense 2)
2 : cynical attitude or quality Nothing could change her cynicism about politics. also : a cynical comment or act pungent cynicisms

Examples of cynicism in a Sentence

Nothing could change her cynicism about politics.

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But charging the purveyors of Trump-era racial conflict with cynicism is importantly different from the campaign themes Democrats adopted in 2016. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Obama just gave the speech the left’s wanted since he left office," 7 Sep. 2018 In an era filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain’s life shone as a bright example. Judson Berger, Fox News, "Trump decided against White House statement praising McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 In an era filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain’s life shone as a bright example. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Sen. John McCain Remembered as Principled Leader," 26 Aug. 2018 Seven years later, the cynicism of modern football had not corrupted his moral compass. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - Germany's Mild-Mannered Goal Machine, Miroslav Klose," 13 June 2018 The idealism of the early 1960s, symbolized by America's youthful new president, was gone, replaced by a creeping cynicism and an unease that the fabric of American society was coming apart. Brandon Griggs, CNN, "The most turbulent time in modern American history (it's not now)," 18 May 2018 But recent events have offered plenty of reason for cynicism about politics. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s huge energy decision: link its grid to its neighbors, or stay autonomous?," 23 Aug. 2018 There will be difficult discussions’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed cynicism earlier this week about her prospects for the G7 summit, slyly faulting the Trump administration for its abandoning of old allegiances. Nash Jenkins, Time, "America’s Allies Are Furious at President Trump. Here Are All the Ways G7 Leaders Have Criticized Him Lately," 8 June 2018 Those cases bred understandable cynicism about the justice system. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein cases send a Time's Up message," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of cynicism

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cynicism

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cynicism

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English Language Learners Definition of cynicism

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

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