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ˈsɪn ɪ kəlcyn·i·cal

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 4 votes

  1. cynical

    Synonyms:
    sarcastic, snarling, snappish, sneering, cross-grained, currish, carping

    Antonyms:
    genial, lenient, complaisant, urbane

Princeton's WordNet2.9 / 7 votes

  1. cynical, misanthropic, misanthropicaladjective

    believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others

    Synonyms:
    misanthropical, misanthropic

    Antonyms:
    trustful, trusting

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  1. List of paraphrases for "cynical":

    cynic, sarcastic, callous

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How to use cynical in a sentence?

  1. Anthon St Maarten:

    Never shy away from opportunity and wholehearted living. Never be fearful of putting yourself out there. The courageous may encounter many disappointments, experience profound disillusionment, gather many wounds; but cherish your scars for they are the proud emblems of a truly phenomenal life. The fearful, cautious, cynical and self-repressed do not live at all. And that is simply no way to be in this world.

  2. Wayne Pacelle:

    This veto shows cynical political calculation from the governor and an obvious capitulation to special interests, rather than leadership or humanity.

  3. Shaina Louis:

    Prior to Birthright AFRICA, I had a lot of pent up resentment and antagonism due to a history that I felt my people had no say in. For those of us in the diaspora, our history, according to the textbooks, starts with slavery. I was doubtful and kind of cynical about what the future held not only for me as an individual, but also for black people as a whole.

  4. James Comey:

    In my view, a huge portion of WikiLeaks' activities has nothing to do with legitimate newsgathering, informing the public and commenting on important public controversies, but is simply about releasing classified information to damage the US, people sometimes get cynical about journalists -- American journalists do not do that. They will almost always call us before they publish classified information and say, 'is there anything about this that is going to put lives in danger -- that is going to jeopardize government people, military people, or innocent civilians anywhere in the world?'.

  5. Elizabeth Warren:

    If we fail to challenge this cynical strategy now, it will only encourage Republicans to pull our financial regulations apart piece by piece.


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