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

Essential Meaning of cynicism

: cynical beliefs : beliefs that people are generally selfish and dishonest Nothing could change her cynicism about politics.

Full 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.
Recent Examples on the Web That's not always wrong, but there's another element involved: cynicism. Joel Mathis, The Week, 13 Jan. 2022 This realization of Millennial media cynicism perfectly balances the insight of Leos Carax’s Annette. Armond White, National Review, 5 Jan. 2022 That’s when hope becomes something that hurts us more than cynicism ever could. Annie Lord, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2022 It’s the kind of formality that’s been met with a mix of corporate cynicism and a fresh batch of nostalgia for a franchise with as good of a last 22 years as anyone. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Alex Hassell plays Ross as a perfect paragon of courtly cynicism, always obliging and never to be trusted. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 The light of those eight candles showed this Catholic boy that cynicism doesn’t really work when all these holidays are about hope. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Dec. 2021 Reeves and Moss sell their reunion as Neo and Trinity persuasively, glowing with the overwhelming chemistry and affection that Wachowski needed to push the film beyond cynicism. David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2021 Were the films that embraced this cynicism just as American as the jingoistic war movies depicting American heroism in Europe and the Pacific? Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021

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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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“Cynicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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