Definition of cynically adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪnɪkli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪnɪkli//
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  1. 1in a way that shows the belief that people only do things to help themselves rather than for good or honest reasons He observed cynically that the war had made many people rich.
  2. 2in a way that shows somebody does not care about hurting other people, if they can get an advantage They have cynically exploited vulnerable people.