Definition of cynicism in English:

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cynicism

Pronunciation: /ˈsinəˌsizəm/

noun

1An inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism: public cynicism about politics
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  • MH apparently is unaware of the depths of his own political cynicism.
  • Their run to the top of the standings is cause for cynicism.
  • The incompetence, the lies, the bullying, the cynicism, the cover-ups.
Synonyms
skepticism, doubt, distrust, mistrust, suspicion, disbelief;
pessimism, negativity, world-weariness, disenchantment
1.1An inclination to question whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile; pessimism: cynicism about the future
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  • Not all Mosteller's Bayesian suspicions, some of which verge on cynicism, have proved well founded.
  • For The Book Show journalist Rachel Carbonell read Flat Earth News with a healthy dose of cynicism.
  • He is being driven mad by the all-pervasive cynicism of modern Britain.
2 (Cynicism) A school of ancient Greek philosophers, the Cynics.

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Syllabification: cyn·i·cism

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