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cynical

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having or showing a deep distrust of human beings and their motives
  • so cynical that he can't understand why anyone would volunteer to help out at a homeless shelter

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cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic mean deeply distrustful. cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity. cynical about politicians' motives misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society. a solitary and misanthropic artist pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life. pessimistic about the future

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The first known use of cynical was in 1542

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“Cynical.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cynical. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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