Complete Definition of "cynic"

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Etymology
Derived either from the building in Athens called Kynosarges, the earliest home of the Cynic school, or from the Greek word for a dog (kyon), in contemptuous allusion to the uncouth and aggressive manners adopted by the members of the school.

Pronunciation
IPA|/Ësɪnɪk/
SAMPA|/"sInIk/
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɪnɪk|-ɪnɪk

Homophones
Sinic

Noun
en-noun

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

Translations
trans-top|A person who believes that all people are motivated by selfishness
Finnish: kyynikko
Italian: cinico m
trans-mid
Hebrew: צ×× ××§× (tziniqan) m, צ×× ×קנ×ת (tziniqanit) f
trans-bottom

trans-top|A person whose outlook is scornfully negative
Finnish: kyynikko
trans-mid
Italian: cinico m
trans-bottom

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ttbc|Estonian: küünik
ttbc|French: cynique
ttbc|Ido: ciniko
ttbc|German: Zyniker m
mid
ttbc|Korean: ê²¬ì  (ç¬å, gyeon-yu)
ttbc|Portuguese: cínico
ttbc|Swedish: cyniker

Related terms
cynical

Category:Greek derivations

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