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where does the term cynic come from and what does it mean?

I hear it a lot and I'm kind of confused.


Asked by Anonymous at 12:57 AM on Apr. 19, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • cyn·ic
       /ˈsɪnɪk/ Show Spelled[sin-ik] Show IPA
    a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view.
    (initial capital letter) one of a sect of Greek philosophers, 4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity.
    a person who shows or expresses a bitterly or sneeringly cynical attitude.
    (initial capital letter) Also, Cynical. of or pertaining to the Cynics or their doctrines.
    Medicine/Medical Now Rare. resembling the actions of a snarling dog.
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    1540–50; < L Cy

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 AM on Apr. 19, 2010