Origin of cynical
Examples from the Web for cynical
“I hate to be cynical about it, but I think some of the films made are made very cynically,” she says.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year|Samuel Fragoso|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A cynical old Chicago lawyer once described this as the theory that “out of the clash of lies, truth will emerge.”Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story|Paul Campos|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Klein is simultaneously not only cynical about political leaders, but dismissive of them.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing|Michael Signer|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At its worst, The Stranger merely recycles the biases, conventional wisdom, and cynical bitterness of inside-the-beltway habitués.
If we fail, the ugly, cynical situation is guaranteed to get worse for decades to come.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now|John Avlon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His cynical aplomb had already disappeared, leaving a tremulous, an angry, but a human being behind.Peccavi|E. W. Hornung
He seemed depressed; his cynical aplomb had quite deserted him.My Lord Duke|E. W. Hornung
Beyond him Hys wore his most cynical expression as he considered the frailties of his people.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The master looked up with an alacrity perhaps inconsistent with his cynical austerity.Cressy|Bret Harte
He would have had some urbane, cynical and delightfully disillusioning remarks to offer.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
1580s, "resembling Cynic philosophers," from cynic + -al (1). By late 17c. the meaning had shaded into the general one of "critical, disparaging the motives of others, captious, sneering, peevish." Related: Cynically.