Definition of cynical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪnɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪnɪkl//
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  1. 1believing that people only do things to help themselves rather than for good or honest reasons Do you have to be so cynical about everything? a cynical view/smile
  2. 2not believing that something good will happen or that something is important I'm a bit cynical about the benefits of the plan. Her experiences with men have made her thoroughly cynical about love.
  3. 3not caring that something might hurt other people, if there is some advantage for you a cynical disregard for the safety of others a deliberate and cynical foul
  4. Extra examples I’m a little cynical about her motives. his deeply cynical attitude Her lips curled into a cynical smile.
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