Definition of 'cynic'
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Only a cynic would suggest his first reaction was more telling. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Only a cynic would dare suggest it is anything but coincidence in this mercenary age of cash comes first. The Sun (2016)Let cynics say he's just taking care of business. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Cynics might say that I get special service. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But the figures may make cynics think again. The Sun (2013)The cynic might suggest because it does not affect them. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Cynics will say that was actually the queue for an appointment. The Sun (2014)Cynics suggested that the computer maker was trying to minimise media coverage. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Cynics will say that they are merely trying to drum up business. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Cynics might suggest that this would be a good way to bury bad news. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Cynics say it was simply a bad knock. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Cynics may ask whether governments will have any more luck rescuing economies than they did in diverting them away from trouble. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Not in this old cynic's book. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Light, youthful indie pop with enough cheeky charm to win over the most hardened cynic. The Sun (2015)It brings a tear to an old cynic's eye. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It's enough to make the most hardened cynic join the hippies absorbing the cosmic vibes. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Aren't detectives meant to be hardened old cynics? The Sun (2012)Five years on, it looks as if the cynics may have got it wrong. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This at least answers cynics who claim that recycling plastic is a waste of money and energy since plastic is so cheap to make. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A cynic could say he will merely have a smaller pot to not spend. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He was called for throwing and cynics claim cricket's laws on flexing the arm were changed for him. The Sun (2011)A mild cynic might suggest she would have found it less undesirable if she had thought she could win. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Surely I should be a crusty old cynic by now. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But I hope the old cynic in me is proved wrong. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Or, as some cynics would claim, just a silly fad? Times, Sunday Times (2010)And the cynics swarmed, claiming the 31-year-old stopper is on the slide as the sands of time catch him up. The Sun (2009)Sunset at the end of a blissfully hot summer's day in London would prompt a moment of nostalgic longing in the most hardened of cynics. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'cynic'
British English: cynic NOUN
A cynic is someone who believes that people always act selfishly.
I have come to be very much of a cynic in these matters.
Definition of cynic from the Collins English Dictionary
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