Cynic

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First used in English around 1540–50. From Latin Cynicus (cynic philosopher), from Ancient Greek Κυνικός (Kunikós, literally doglike, currish), from κύων (kúōn, dog) + -ικός (-ikós); see Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ. The word may have first been applied to Cynics because of the nickname κύων (kúōn, dog) given to Diogenes of Sinope, the prototypical Cynic.

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Cynic (plural Cynics)

  1. A member of a sect of Ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.

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Cynic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the Cynics.

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