anti-cynic

cynic

[sin-ik]
noun
1.
a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view.
2.
(initial capital letter) one of a sect of Greek philosophers, 4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity.
3.
a person who shows or expresses a bitterly or sneeringly cynical attitude.
adjective
5.
(initial capital letter) . Also, Cynical. of or pertaining to the Cynics or their doctrines.
6.
Medicine/Medical Now Rare. resembling the actions of a snarling dog.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin Cynicus < Greek Kynikós Cynic, literally, doglike, currish, equivalent to kyn- (stem of kýōn) dog + -ikos - ic

anticynic, noun, adjective

cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic.


1, 3. skeptic, pessimist, misanthrope.
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cynic (ˈsɪnɪk)
 
n
1.  a person who believes the worst about people or the outcome of events
 
adj
2.  a less common word for cynical
3.  astronomy of or relating to Sirius, the Dog Star
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek Kunikos, from kuōn dog]

Cynic (ˈsɪnɪk)
 
n
a member of a sect founded by Antisthenes that scorned worldly things and held that self-control was the key to the only good

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cynic
mid-16c., from Gk. kynikos, lit. "dog-like," from kyon (gen. kynos) "dog." Supposedly from the sneering sarcasm of the philosophers, but more likely from Kynosarge "Grey Dog," name of the gymnasium in ancient Athens where the founder, Antisthenes (a pupil of Socrates), taught. Diogenes was the most
famous. Popular association even in ancient times was "dog-like." For nuances of usage of cynicism, see humor.
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