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It was composed of a few overturned omnibuses; for the true Parisian is a cynic.

One may be a cynic; nevertheless that sort of music soon upsets one's stomach.

A cynic sends us a tip for the recruiting department of our army.

In 1783 he died the death of Diogenes, minus the wit of the cynic.

Suppose he is a cynic, it is to his interest to govern well.

Let no cynic obtrude other motives for that famous telegram.

As for Langham, the cynic within him was on the point of uncontrollable laughter.

Hence the fact, noted by a cynic, that it is the Mollycoddle who cuckolds the Red-blood.

But smileless, the cynic departed, and Flamby looked after him without regret.

He rarely smiled, and when he did it was the smile of the cynic and misanthrope.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-16c., in reference to the ancient philosophy, from Greek kynikos "a follower of Antisthenes," literally "dog-like," from kyon (genitive kynos) "dog" (see canine). Supposedly from the sneering sarcasm of the philosophers, but more likely from Kynosarge "Gray Dog," name of the gymnasium outside ancient Athens (for the use of those who were not pure Athenians) where the founder, Antisthenes (a pupil of Socrates), taught. Diogenes was the most famous. Popular association even in ancient times was "dog-like" (Lucian has kyniskos "a little cynic," literally "puppy"). Meaning "sneering sarcastic person" is from 1590s.

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