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cynicism

[sin-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈsɪn əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
cynical disposition, character, or belief.
2.
a cynical remark.
3.
(initial capital letter) any of the doctrines or practices of the Cynics.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; cynic + -ism
Related forms
anticynicism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anticynicism

cynicism

/ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
the attitude or beliefs of a cynic
2.
a cynical action, remark, idea, etc

Cynicism

/ˈsɪnɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
the doctrines of the Cynics
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Word Origin and History for anticynicism

cynicism

n.

1670s, "philosophy of the Cynics," from cynic + -ism. Meaning "cynical character" is from 1847. For nuances of usage of cynicism, see humor.

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