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cynicism (n.)

1670s, "philosophy or doctrines of the Cynics" (indifference to pleasure, stoicism pushed to austerity, asceticism), from cynic + -ism. Meaning "cynical character" is from 1847. For nuances of usage, see humor (n.).

updated on June 15, 2018

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Definitions of cynicism from WordNet

cynicism (n.)
a cynical feeling of distrust;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.