Meaning of cynical

cyn•i•cal

Pronunciation: (sin'i-kul), [key]
— adj.
  1. like or characteristic of a cynic; distrusting or disparaging the motives of others.
  2. showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one's actions, esp. by actions that exploit the scruples of others.
  3. bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic.
  4. (cap.) cynic (def. 5).
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