Origin of cynic
Examples from the Web for cynic
You, dear reader and refusenik, will likely be called a cynic or a sad sack by friends.
A cynic might say that the report is like the movie Clue, perfectly set up for a multiplicity of endings.
Putin, after all, is not the only cynic on center stage in the Ukraine crisis.Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will|Jamie Dettmer|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At her core as both a mother and a politician was a guiding emotion that would make a cynic scoff.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election|Michael Daly|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Distrustful of engaging fully, the cynic engages superficially, gets the drug he needs, and moves along.
He went to Athens and became a philosopher of the Cynic school, which see, as a disciple of Antisthenes.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
But Bellegarde's confidences greatly amused him, and rarely displeased him, for the generous young Frenchman was not a cynic.The American|Henry James
His impression was not the cynic's impression of these wide shallows of activity.Marriage|H. G. Wells
In 1783 he died the death of Diogenes, minus the wit of the cynic.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But as for your man who thinks, if he shows energy and originality we call him a cynic.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
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Word Origin for cynic
British Dictionary definitions for cynic (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for cynic
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.