cynic


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Synonyms for cynic

a person who expects only the worst from people

marked by or displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives or virtues of others

Synonyms for cynic

someone who is critical of the motives of others

a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control

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They turned their heads, and there was the Cynic, with his prodigious spectacles set carefully on his nose, staring now at the lake, now at the rocks, now at the distant masses of vapor, now right at the Great Carbuncle itself, yet seemingly as unconscious of its light as if all the scattered clouds were condensed about his person.
There," said Matthew, incensed at such perverse blindness, and turning the Cynic round towards the illuminated cliff.
Thenceforth there was, in very truth, no light of the Great Carbuncle, nor any other light on earth, nor light of heaven itself, for the poor Cynic.
Then, lending their guidance to the blinded Cynic, who uttered not a word, and even stifled his groans in his own most wretched heart, they began to descend the mountain.
The Cynic, having cast aside his spectacles, wandered about the world a miserable object, and was punished with an agonizing desire of light, for the wilful blindness of his former life.
There,' said Matthew, incensed at such perverse blindness, and turning the Cynic round towards the illuminated cliff.
The Cynic, having cast aside his spectacles, wandered about the world, a miserable object, and was punished with an agonizing desire of light, for the wilful blindness of his former life.
I don't know if I have or not," replied the Cynic, "for you have the world.
Though Thackeray is no cynic he is a satirist as much as Pope or Dryden, but the most kindly satirist who ever wrote.
For Count Vogelstein was official, as I think you would have seen from the straightness of his back, the lustre of his light elegant spectacles, and something discreet and diplomatic in the curve of his moustache, which looked as if it might well contribute to the principal function, as cynics say, of the lips--the active concealment of thought.
I have known men proclaim themselves cynics for life, who have been making idiots of themselves with their own children in five years.
Only a total cynic would see this as being another piece of trickery from a government hell-bent on taking from the poor to support the 'decent hard working (middle class) families' so loved by the public schoolboy suits in power today.
The cynic and the sceptic examine situations or observe behaviour without prejudice.
I told you so", Arab cynic says as the hopes of millions are dashed An Arab man last night summed up the feelings of thousands of other cynics with four short words: "I told you so.