cynical cynical  /ˈsɪ nɪ kəl/


  • (adj) believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others



  1. In these cynical times, voters are not interested in promises.
  2. Many scientists are cynical about the future of this new technology.
  3. "Religious War" is a slogan used by terrorists to cynically advance their agenda.


  1. The Van Cynical Mailbag: Merion is a shotmaker's course and Tiger is the best shotmaker in golf, by a mile

    Merion is a shotmaker's course and Tiger is the best by a mile, plus the Van Cynical Mailbag.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Golf Magazine

  2. Editor's view: A fence between neighbors

    Good fences make good neighbors, someone said a long time ago. It seems a cynical statement; a fence, after all, keeps you at arm's length. Are you a better neighbor because I've prevented you from getting too close?
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Door County Advocate

  3. Hard Work and Surprises | Making a mark the old-school way

    I'll admit, when I initially received JB & the Moonshine band's sophomore CD, Beer for Breakfast, I didn't hold out hope. After all, I'd seen and heard this all before, right? Not to be cynical, but there are about 6,000 Texas country acts out there and let's be real: most of them sound the sam... By G.K. Hizer.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Urban Tulsa


  1. Interviewed by The Associated Press in 2001, Natasha Richardson said she related well to her family if only because, "We've all been through it in one way or another and so we've had to be strong. Also we embrace life. We are not cynical about...
    on Mar 18, 2009 By: Natasha Richardson Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. "It is time to retire the cynical and superficial coal company-created argument that we must choose between people, their jobs, and our mountains," Judd said. "That is simply false, fear-based and fear-mongering."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Ashley Judd Source: The Associated Press

  3. "I'm proud that we chose to stay positive and to run a campaign of ideas in an era of personal attacks, negative ads and cynical spin," Giuliani told supporters in Orlando, Florida.
    on Jan 29, 2008 By: Rudy Giuliani Source:

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