Etymology: From Cynic + -al.
- Of or relating to the Cynics, 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.
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Etymology: Originated 1580"90 from cynic+-al.
- of or related to the belief that human actions are motivation, motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.
- skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.
- bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.
- showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions.
- (context, medicine, rare) like the actions of a snarling dog.
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