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cynicnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪn.ɪk/ us   /ˈsɪn.ɪk/ disapproving
a person who believes that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere: I'm too much of a cynic to believe that he'll keep his promise. A cynic might say that the government has only taken this measure because it is concerned about its declining popularity.
(Definition of cynic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cynicnoun [C]

us   /ˈsɪn·ɪk/
a person who believes that other people are interested only in themselves and therefore doubts that they can be good
(Definition of cynic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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