Definition of cynicism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪnɪsɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪnɪsɪzəm//
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  1. 1the belief that people only do things to help themselves, rather than for good or sincere reasons popular cynicism about politicians In a world full of cynicism she was the one person I felt I could trust.
  2. 2the belief that something good will not happen or that something is not important The response was one of weary cynicism.
  3. 3a willingness to do something that might hurt other people, if you can gain some advantage their cynicism in exploiting his death