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But Robin didn't laugh; his eyes, morose and cynical, held her there.

But Mary stood rebellious, and spoke with a resumption of her cynical scorn.

But theft, cynical theft for the purpose of profit and enjoyment, is beyond me!

I remembered how cynical she had always been as to the merits of her own sex.

But what virtue is there in waiting, our cynical friend would ask.

Armorer spoke with suave politeness, but there was a cynical gleam in his eye.

The knowledge made me more cynical than ever—cynical, and lonely.

Oh, I'm not cynical—at least I only go by what I know of him.

He had spoken in a harsh, cynical tone, and Lionel had turned cold at his words.

Her ladyship concealed a cynical smile under cover of her fan.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "resembling Cynic philosophers," from cynic + -al (1). By late 17c. the meaning had shaded into the general one of "critical, disparaging the motives of others, captious, sneering, peevish." Related: Cynically.

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