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cynical

adjective  /ˈsɪn·ɪ·kəl/ us  
not trusting or respecting the goodness of other people and their actions, but believing that people are interested only in themselves: Listening to politicians for too long can make you cynical. She’s become cynical about men.
cynicism
noun [U]  /ˈsɪn·əˌsɪz·əm/ us  
He’s often been accused of cynicism, but he says he’s just realistic.
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