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cynical

adjective uk   /ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl/ disapproving us  
C2 believing that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere: I think she takes a rather cynical view of men. I've always been deeply cynical about politicians.Suspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosity describes the use of someone's feelings or emotions to your own advantage: She works in that most cynical of industries - advertising. He praises my cooking but it's just a cynical ploy to get me to make his meals.Controlling and being in charge
cynically
adverb uk   /-kəl.i/ us  
cynicism
noun [U] uk   /-sɪ.zəm/ us  
He's often been accused of cynicism in his attitude towards politics.Suspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosity
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