cynicism

noun cyn·i·cism \ ˈsi-nə-ˌsi-zəm \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of cynicism

1 capitalized : the doctrine of the Cynics (see cynic 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

  1. Nothing could change her cynicism about politics.

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Origin and Etymology of cynicism

see cynic


CYNICISM Defined for English Language Learners

cynicism

noun

Definition of cynicism for English Language Learners

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



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