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.

Origin of cynicism

First recorded in 1665–75; cynic + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM cynicism

an·ti·cyn·i·cism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cynicism (1 of 2)

cynicism
/ (ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for cynicism (2 of 2)

Cynicism
/ (ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

the doctrines of the Cynics
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