Definition of 'cynical'
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The bad news, or the cynical view, is that they have done so only because it is not particularly onerous. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The only benefit of being cynical is that you can surround yourself with other cynical people. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Voters decided it was a cynical ploy. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There was also a cynical tone to it all. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The hard numbers suggest this is too cynical a view. Times, Sunday Times (2014)No wonder some people are deeply cynical about who benefits most from many investments. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They also deny that delaying the pain until after the election is a cynical political ploy. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There is also no more cynical sport than football. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The cynical view is that golf is in a hole and should stop digging. Times, Sunday Times (2014)How refreshing to see people not cynical but upbeat. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It could be seen as a cynical ploy to avoid the move. The Sun (2015)The show is cynical but also emotionally subtle. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Others at the time and afterwards took a more cynical view. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)He is cynical about the people to whom he speaks. Christianity Today (2000)The question of where we should set the bar for accepting the results of these presidential elections is not a cynical one. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He writes about him in a sarcastic, cynical way. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The fact that the same cannot be said of Britain owes much to our increasingly cynical attitude. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It's most likely a cynical one. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Have a cynical attitude toward one-time expenses. AHEAD OF THE MARKET (2003)The final shot is a cliffhanger, a last cynical attempt to get viewers coming back for more. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is part of the game, albeit a cynical one slowing the game to something approaching the funereal. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Certainly, there is something sneaky and cynical about pursuing such a negative campaign online while claiming publicly to be above making low personalised attacks. Times, Sunday Times (2015)In what appears to be a cynical attempt to avoid that criticism, a proposal has now been drafted to legalise that form of detention. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Romance is not dead - it's just evolving into something more cynical. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Some saw her apology as a cynical attempt to cling on to her job as MP with the party wanting to oust her. The Sun (2009)
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British English: cynical ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as cynical, you mean they believe that people always act selfishly.
...his cynical view of the world.
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