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Meaning of CYNIC

Pronunciation:  'sinik

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  someone who is critical of the motives of others

CYNIC is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: faultfinder
 See Also: depreciator, detractor, disagreeable person, disparager, knocker, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cyn"ic\ (s[i^]n"[i^]k), Cynical \Cyn"ic*al\ (-[i^]*kal),
    a. [L. cynicus of the sect of Cynics, fr. Gr. kyniko`s,
    prop., dog-like, fr. ky`wn, kyno`s, dog. See {Hound}.]
    1. Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious;
             I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess
             obligations where no benefit has been received.
    2. Pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic,
       year; cynic cycle.
    3. Belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics;
       having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or
       resembling, the doctrines of the cynics.
    4. Given to sneering at rectitude and the conduct of life by
       moral principles; disbelieving in the reality of any human
       purposes which are not suggested or directed by
       self-interest or self-indulgence; as, a cynical man who
       scoffs at pretensions of integrity; characterized by such
       opinions; as, cynical views of human nature.
    Note: In prose, cynical is used rather than cynic, in the
          senses 1 and 4.
    {Cynic spasm} (Med.), a convulsive contraction of the muscles
       of one side of the face, producing a sort of grin,
       suggesting certain movements in the upper lip of a dog.
  2. \Cyn"ic\, n. (Gr. Philos)
    1. One of a sect or school of philosophers founded by
       Antisthenes, and of whom Diogenes was a disciple. The
       first Cynics were noted for austere lives and their scorn
       for social customs and current philosophical opinions.
       Hence the term Cynic symbolized, in the popular judgment,
       moroseness, and contempt for the views of others.
    2. One who holds views resembling those of the Cynics; a
       snarler; a misanthrope; particularly, a person who
       believes that human conduct is directed, either
       consciously or unconsciously, wholly by self-interest or
       self-indulgence, and that appearances to the contrary are
       superficial and untrustworthy.
             He could obtain from one morose cynic, whose opinion
             it was impossible to despise, scarcely any not
             acidulated with scorn.                --Macaulay.
Thesaurus Terms
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