Part of speech: noun

The state or quality of being cynical; contempt for the virtuous or generous sentiments of others.

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Usage examples "cynicism":

  1. Only a dull cynicism can deny this motive to the man who first unlocked the doors of Egyptian civilization; and it would be equally futile to deny to him the same beneficent aims with regard to the settlement of the plains of the Mississippi, and the coasts of New Holland. - "The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)", John Holland Rose.
  2. His vanity, a touch of natural cynicism, refused, in the end, to let him believe it. - "The Mating of Lydia", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  3. Mrs. Gereth confessed to the fact of danger with a cynicism that surprised the girl. - "The Spoils of Poynton", Henry James.