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: the doctrine of the Cynics (see cynic sense 2)
: cynical attitude or quality
Nothing could change her cynicism about politics.
: a cynical comment or act
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1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: cynical beliefs : beliefs that people are generally selfish and dishonest
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occurring twice a year or every two years
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