cynicism

noun
cyn·​i·​cism | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌsi-zəm \

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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Such incremental progress used to be standard procedure in Congress, and both parties now have a moment to put aside political cynicism and pass something that could improve American justice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Jailbreak for Bipartisanship," 15 Nov. 2018 Add it to your wellness regimen: Here is a film that vanquishes cynicism. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?," 14 June 2018 Then as now, activists fought the police efforts—with cynicism and cruelty, as Mr. Kelling tells it. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Idea That Made America’s Cities Safer," 29 Dec. 2018 Phil embraces all the film noir tropes — the smoking, the cynicism, the reliance on voiceover. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Happytime Murders tests the limits of subverting nostalgia," 24 Aug. 2018 Israeli governments, needing to show strength to shore up their own weak positions against public cynicism, open fire. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Status Quo Minus’ in Israel and Palestine," 14 May 2018 My cynicism aside, there are actually a few results hanging around that seem hard to explain. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Neutrinos may decay invisibly, resolving problems in IceCube data," 24 Sep. 2018 What comes across is the utter cynicism involved of the people who are helping to polarize the country. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook political ad tools are ripe for trolling," 1 Nov. 2018 Emotionally driven without irony or cynicism, his sincere works demand patience and can be challenging for today’s viewers. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "Black and white photography master Dave Heath brings 'Solitude' to the Amon Carter," 20 June 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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