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cynical

adjective uk   us   /ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl/ disapproving
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. 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 his meals.
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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.
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