Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

cynicism

[sin-uh-siz-uh m]
See more synonyms for cynicism on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. cynical disposition, character, or belief.
  2. a cynical remark.
  3. (initial capital letter) any of the doctrines or practices of the Cynics.
Show More

Origin of cynicism

First recorded in 1665–75; cynic + -ism
Related formsan·ti·cyn·i·cism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cynicism

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for cynicism

cynicism

noun
  1. the attitude or beliefs of a cynic
  2. a cynical action, remark, idea, etc
Show More

Cynicism

noun
  1. the doctrines of the Cynics
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cynicism

n.

1670s, "philosophy of the Cynics," from cynic + -ism. Meaning "cynical character" is from 1847. For nuances of usage of cynicism, see humor.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper