cynicism

[sin-uh-siz-uh m]
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Origin of cynicism

First recorded in 1665–75; cynic + -ism
Related formsan·ti·cyn·i·cism, noun
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cynicism

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

Cynicism

noun
  1. the doctrines of the Cynics
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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.

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