cynic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cynike, cynicke, from Middle French cinicque, from Latin cynicus, from Ancient Greek κυνικός ‎(kunikós), originally derived from the portico in Athens called Κυνόσαργες ‎(Kunósarges), the earliest home of the Cynic school, later reinterpreted as a derivation of κύων ‎(kúōn, dog), in a contemptuous allusion to the uncouth and aggressive manners adopted by the members of the school.

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cynic ‎(comparative more cynic, superlative most cynic)

  1. cynical (in all senses)
  2. (not comparable) Relating to the Dog Star.
    the cynic, or Sothic, year; cynic cycle

Noun[edit]

cynic ‎(plural cynics)

  1. A person who believes that all people are motivated by selfishness.
  2. A person whose outlook is scornfully negative.

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Adjective[edit]

cynic m (feminine singular cynicque, masculine plural cynics, feminine plural cynicques)

  1. cynical