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

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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But recent events have offered plenty of reason for cynicism about politics. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s huge energy decision: link its grid to its neighbors, or stay autonomous?," 23 Aug. 2018 There will be difficult discussions’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed cynicism earlier this week about her prospects for the G7 summit, slyly faulting the Trump administration for its abandoning of old allegiances. Nash Jenkins, Time, "America’s Allies Are Furious at President Trump. Here Are All the Ways G7 Leaders Have Criticized Him Lately," 8 June 2018 Those cases bred understandable cynicism about the justice system. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein cases send a Time's Up message," 25 May 2018 This is clever and ought to inspire some healthy cynicism. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "Why Airline Credit Cards Have an Enduring Appeal," 27 Apr. 2018 Others, including Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP, expressed deep cynicism that anything done to alter the settlement will make a difference at all. Maxine Bernstein,, "Federal judge considers 'conditional' approval of changes to police reform settlement," 19 Apr. 2018 Fleabag, which is returning to the stage and coming to New York at the end of February for a six-week Off-Broadway run, is inspired by the cynicism Waller-Bridge was feeling in her twenties. Vogue, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag’s Return to the Stage, Female Rage, and Her Mother’s Best Advice," 28 Jan. 2019 If Democrats aren’t willing to offer more border security in exchange for a deal on the Dreamers, something the party has made a signature issue, then that will expose the left’s political cynicism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Shutdown Over Something," 18 Dec. 2018 Second of all, both the cynicism expressed here, and the fact that few people are shocked by it, are in and of themselves … shocking. Will Bunch,, "Michael Cohen and Donald Trump take American graft to the Bada Bing club | Will Bunch," 13 May 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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