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cynicaladjective

uk   us   /ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl/ disapproving
C2 believing that ​people are only ​interested in themselves and are not ​sincere: She has a ​pretty cynical view of men. I've always been deeply cynical aboutpoliticians. used to say that someone's ​feelings or ​emotions are used 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 him ​dinner.

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cynically
adverb uk   us   /-kəl.i/
cynicism
noun [U] uk   us   /-sɪ.zəm/
He's often been ​accused of cynicism in his ​attitude towards ​politics.
(Definition of cynical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cynicaladjective

 us   /ˈsɪn·ɪ·kəl/
not ​trusting or ​respecting the ​goodness of other ​people and ​theiractions, 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]  us   /ˈsɪn·əˌsɪz·əm/
He’s often been ​accused of cynicism, but he says he’s just ​realistic.
(Definition of cynical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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