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Definition of cynic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who believes that people only do things to help themselves, rather than for good or sincere reasons Don't be such a cynic!
  2. 2a person who does not believe that something good will happen or that something is important Cynics will say that there is not the slightest chance of success.
noun [uncountable] In a world full of cynicism she was the one person I felt I could trust.
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