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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Lexington LegendsJason Boatright My opinion has always been that this is a great baseball city if the baseball is worth the time, but fans here have been given so many reasons for cynicism over the years. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Danny Duffy good again, Royals and 100 losses, and, oh yes, the Chiefs," 12 June 2018 The younger Jones was frustrated with his father’s cynicism. Eve L. Ewing, GQ, "Bomani Jones Has a Funny Joke for You," 15 May 2018 With more cynicism, Barstool Sports and other youth-targeting brands have jumped on the bandwagon, too. New York Times, "The Juul Is Too Cool," 7 Apr. 2018 Moscow has felt vibrant despite the soccer cynicism. Brian Straus,, "Russia's World Cup Opener Alters Its Narrative, Changes Its Outlook, Pleases Putin," 14 June 2018 That ethos persisted amid the mutual cynicism of relations between the Communist Party and the Soviet Union’s citizens. The Economist, "Inside Vladimir Putin’s “mafia state”," 17 May 2018 That’s because the public has developed a blinding, irrational cynicism toward reporting and other material that the media have handled and processed—an overreaction to a century of advertising, propaganda, and hyperbolic TV news. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The End of Reality," 8 Apr. 2018 Halfway through Incredibles 2, Elastigirl and Evelyn debate the merits of two different philosophies: cynicism and optimism. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Incredibles 2 Says About Hero Worship," 20 June 2018 As well as a standard bearer for liberalism, Mr Macron emerges as an extremely adept political operator with a healthy streak of cynicism and ruthlessness, a hyper-active politician comfortable with the trappings of power. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron, the resolutely modern philosopher king," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of cynicism

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cynicism

see cynic

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English Language Learners Definition of cynicism

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

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