- Modern cynics would have us believe that this turn of events was about something other than freedom.
- It was suggested by some cynics that the real reason for the aggressive campaign was an attempt to gain a greater market share amongst public sector workers.
- If the cynics are to be believed, the attacks were stage-managed for external consumption.
- You don't have to be much of a cynic to question whether loggers will really be held to their promises.
- For two seasons, the football team have defied the cynics and their critics to regain and retain their status at the top of the league.
- It was inevitable that the critical and commercial success of the film would rile the cynics.
- The most extensive ancient report about the Cynics is found in Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers, Book 6, although he is not a reliable source.
- The allegory was used by the cynic Antisthenes, a contemporary of Plato, and Diogenes the Cynic.
- Cynicism was originally the philosophy of a group of ancient Greeks called the Cynics, founded by Antisthenes.
mid 16th century (sense 2): from Latin cynicus, from Greek kunikos; probably originally from Kunosarges, the name of a gymnasium where Antisthenes taught, but popularly taken to mean 'doglike, churlish', kuōn, kun- 'dog' becoming a nickname for a Cynic.