cynically

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv cynically with cynicism; in a cynical manner "Larsen's frost-blackened lips curved cynically"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Cynically In a cynical manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cynically In a cynical, sarcastic, or sneering manner.
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The cynics are right nine times out of ten.”
  • George Meredith
    George%20Meredith
    “Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.”
  • Henry Lewis Stimson
    Henry Lewis Stimson
    “The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.”
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    “Cynicism is the humor of hatred.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”
  • Carolyn Wells
    Carolyn Wells
    “A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.”

Usage

In literature:

It was a spectacle for cynics.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Instead, he smiled cynically and waited with his hand in the air, as bidden.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
Perhaps some reader will say that this was cynical, the result of disappointment.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
He heard again the mocking laughter of the quack, and the stinging words of his cynical philosophy once more rang in his ears.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Cynicism and sarcasm were his substitutes for a humour he did not possess.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
She would save him from himself, this cynical, restless self, which never remained in one stay.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
All the haughty reserve was gone; all the cynicism, the distrust, and suspicion.
"A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Ashamed of being so deeply deceived, we may try to smile cynically at the glory that once shone upon us, and call it a dream.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
I smiled at him, a little sadly, a little cynically.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
As Mr. Smith drew near Mrs. Grey's Murray Hill residence his face had melted to a cynical smile.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
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In poetry:

Life is too short to waste
The critic bite or cynic bark,
Quarrel, or reprimand;
'Twill soon be dark;
Up! mind thine own aim, and
God speed the mark.
"To J.W." by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Such thoughts, I know, to-day are flouted;
"Have statues souls?" the cynic sneers;
But I am happier to have doubted,
And loved thee thus these many years.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
A song of the setting sun!
The sky in the west is red,
And the day is all but done:
While yonder up overhead,
All too soon,
There rises, so cold, the cynic moon.
"Moritura" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
"Desiderata - Words for Life" by Max Ehrmann
"And is this all?" the cynic sneers,
"The remnant of a shrine?"
Alas for him who never hears
Or heeds the world divine
And in this fragment fails to see
A stepping-stone to Deity!
"Delio Patri" by John Lawson Stoddard
My joyful call should instantly bring all who love me most,--
For ne'er were seen such arch delights from Greek or Roman host;
Nor at the free, control-less jousts, where, spite of cynic vaunts,
Austere but lenient Seneca no "Ercles" bumper daunts;
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

But some cynical fans will always be suspicious.
The Cleveland band's decidedly Midwestern synth-pop brims with enthusiasm and hooks, devoid of the cynicism and irony that can plague the genre.
Adaptation of film classic brings out the holiday cheer - even in this cynical theater critic.
Beau Willimon doesn't like the word "cynical".
This is a tad cynical, perhaps, but we do continue to be amazed at how much texting young people seem to do these days.
Could there be an Israeli politician more cynical than Ehud Olmert.
The idea that voting should be mandatory is absurd, cynical and repugnant.
"Killing Them Softly" is about as cynical as films get these days.
Some cynics called it a publicity stunt, but I think it was a sincere initiative from a company that has long demonstrated a commitment to helping its employees live the brand .
Ads breed cynicism in young people.
In a world going through an epochal transition to something no-one can foresee, the news is frequently grim and it is easy for a foreign correspondent to become permanently cynical writing about all that is going wrong.
Those cynical college football fans that thought Urban Meyer may have lost his touch at the end of his Florida coaching days have been abruptly silenced this season.
Right now, however, I'm thinking I haven't been cynical enough.
Call me cynical , but I wasn't sure his views on marriage could get any gayer, Sen Rand Paul said of President Obama.
It increases cynicism among the citizenry.
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In science:

It is, on the contrary, because the resulting world-view is so much more integrated, and makes more sense in so many ways, than any previous world-view, and certainly more than the cynical pragmatism which too often nowadays serves as surrogate for a world-view amongst scientists.
Definability in the Real Universe
It is wrong to be cynical about such an exercise, but it is correct to be disappointed.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
While the data indeed can be improved and polished, one might be inclined to draw a somewhat cynical summary: ”Charm – from a revolutionary to a petit bourgeois!” Such evolutions do indeed often happen in history; I will however argue that it is decidedly wrong here.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
According to Simplicius, Diogenes the Cynic after hearing this argument from Zeno’s followers silently stood up and walked, so pointing out that it is a matter of the most common experience that things in fact do move .
Zeno meets modern science
Were we wearing our cynical hat today, we might say that the scientist who wants to become famous is better off—by a wide margin—writing a modest paper in next year’s hottest field than an outstanding paper in this year’s.
The first-mover advantage in scientific publication
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