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“… 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.