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"cynical" in British 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)

"cynical" in American English

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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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