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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 
  1. of or related to the Cynics.
Etymology: Originated 1540"50 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.


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noun 
  1. A person who believes that all people are motivated by selfishness.
  2. A person whose outlook is scornfully negative.
Translations: 
  • Italian: cinico
    (trans-bottom)
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.


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