cynicism

[ sin-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈsɪn əˌsɪz əm /

noun

cynical disposition, character, or belief.
a cynical remark.
(initial capital letter) any of the doctrines or practices of the Cynics.

Nearby words

  1. cynghanedd,
  2. cynic,
  3. cynic spasm,
  4. cynical,
  5. cynically,
  6. cynics,
  7. cyno-,
  8. cynocephaly,
  9. cynodont,
  10. cynophobia

Origin of cynicism

First recorded in 1665–75; cynic + -ism

Related formsan·ti·cyn·i·cism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cynicism

cynicism

/ (ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

the attitude or beliefs of a cynic
a cynical action, remark, idea, etc

Cynicism

/ (ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

the doctrines of the Cynics
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Word Origin and History for cynicism

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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