Complete Definition of "Cynic"

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English
Etymology
Originated 1540â50 from Latin Cynicus (cynic philosopher), from Greek Kynikós (literally doglike, currish), equivalent to to kyn- (dog) + -ic|-ikos; see pie|kwon-.

The word may have first been applied to Cynics because of the nickname kuÅn (dog) given to the w:Diogenes of Sinope|Diogenes of Sinope, the prototypical Cynic.

Proper noun
en-proper noun

  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.

Adjective
en-adj|-

  1. of or related to the Cynics.

Translations
Ido: Ciniko

References
R:American Heritage 2000|Cynic

Category:Philosophy

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