The sadness in her voice was genuine enough to give a cynic pause.
The cynic may think it has a lot to do with Goldman Sachs serving as Obama's second-largest campaign contributor.
Distrustful of engaging fully, the cynic engages superficially, gets the drug he needs, and moves along.
A cynic might say that the report is like the movie Clue, perfectly set up for a multiplicity of endings.
You, dear reader and refusenik, will likely be called a cynic or a sad sack by friends.
He was not a cynic, because he believed in action; but his faith in the disinterested simplicity of mankind was not strong.
Hence the fact, noted by a cynic, that it is the Mollycoddle who cuckolds the Red-blood.
When they came out Alcibiades put on the cynic's rags, leaving his own gay and costly apparel for the cynic.
He rarely smiled, and when he did it was the smile of the cynic and misanthrope.
He is a cynic in his love affairs, and indifferent in his friendships.
mid-16c., in reference to the ancient philosophy, from Greek kynikos "a follower of Antisthenes," literally "dog-like," from kyon (genitive kynos) "dog" (see canine). Supposedly from the sneering sarcasm of the philosophers, but more likely from Kynosarge "Gray Dog," name of the gymnasium outside ancient Athens (for the use of those who were not pure Athenians) where the founder, Antisthenes (a pupil of Socrates), taught. Diogenes was the most famous. Popular association even in ancient times was "dog-like" (Lucian has kyniskos "a little cynic," literally "puppy"). Meaning "sneering sarcastic person" is from 1590s.