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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. 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.
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.
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