Meaning of “cynical” in the English Dictionary

"cynical" in English

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cynicaladjective

uk /ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl/ 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 about politicians.

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 /ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl.i/
cynicism
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsɪn.ɪ.sɪ.zəm/ us /ˈsɪn.ə.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 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 ] 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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Otherwise, there is a cynical attempt to resolve the problems of climate change while simultaneously unleashing and ignoring other problems that will jeopardise their survival.
Let us leave it to cynical reactionaries to maintain that only strength or money count for anything and that anything else is merely words.
I regard this as a cynical approach.
Two of our greatest enemies in the fight against terror are the fear that makes us cheapen our freedoms and the power that makes us cynical of them.
The rapporteur is cynical enough to observe that the increase in the number of pensioners and their increased life expectancy will put considerable pressure on pay-as-you-go pension schemes.
Competition at any price, runaway loss of security, cynical and relentless power struggles, consensuses reached at summits, behind closed doors: it is no longer acceptable!
Such a view is cynical and inhuman.
I find it more than cynical that those same people stand up and pretend they have a monopoly on ethics and morals.
The answer is thus to have more democracy and not more far-right politics, hostility towards people and cynical contempt for people.
The work programme for 2007 lacks vision, ambition and courage in this respect, which is very cynical in the year of equal opportunities.