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cynical is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of cynical in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… should have been cynical and not had a …”

meanings of cynical


  1. Like the actions of a snarling dog, especially in reference to facial nerve paralysis.
  2. Bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.
  3. Of or relating to the Cynics, a sect of Ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.
  4. Skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.
  5. Showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions.
  6. Of or relating to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.

cynical frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word cynical occurs in english on average 7.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics cynical can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that cynical can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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