Meaning of cynically in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪnɪk(ə)li/

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  • 1In a distrustful way that expresses a belief that people are motivated purely by self-interest.

    ‘many cynically dismiss the way of peace as naive and impossible’
    • ‘One man cynically sums up his seemingly magical ability to recruit women for his stable: "Any woman can be turned. It is all business."’
    • ‘At its best, the show cuts into many forms of televised image manipulation, cynically riffing on every news scandal of the past decade.’
    • ‘After Diomedes leaves, Cressida speaks in dismay of her own inconstancy, while, unseen, Thersites comments cynically on the whole interview.’
    • ‘The director hopes to excite the faithful and (cynically speaking), get religious bums in cinema seats.’
    • ‘He was cynically giving the audiences what they wanted and expected.’
    • ‘The singer's dominance on radio stations and in record outlets is often cynically attributed to her former relationship with the record company exec.’
    • ‘The writers offers his cynically black view on the world.’
    • ‘By cynically playing on the follies of various discontented peers and MPs, he builds a faction round the marquis.’
    • ‘If a favourite character is advertised to appear on another series then some might cynically say that it is only to boost the ratings.’
    • ‘When there are so many brand names and logos, you startcynically pondering the hypocrisy of the filmmakers, who are both slamming but also likely profiting from this blatant placement.’
    1. 1.1In a way that expresses doubt as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile.
      ‘the public has cynically disregarded the good news’
      • ‘The more cynically minded would say that an Italian contemporary music scene simply doesn't exist.’
      • ‘He cynically points out the signs posted that demand cleanliness, and offers to show us the room where spoiled meats go to be "doctored."’
      • ‘It has been cynically noted that writing about music is like dancing about architecture.’
      • ‘The huntsman relents out of pity but also cynically reminds himself that Snow White will probably be devoured by wild animals anyway.’
      • ‘"'This could've been a great place,' he laments. Looking on, David cynically responds, ' Look at it now. '’
      • ‘Manet sought honours in the Salons; Degas was cynically indifferent to public acclaim.’
      • ‘The song uncomfortably recalls the familiar Irish/English pub scene of men cynically complaining about women over their pints.’
      • ‘Given the healthy advance booking, the play knocks on the head the cynically despairing argument that all the London public wants is musicals and movie stars.’
      • ‘It's easy cynically to suggest that some artists ' career and reputation would be bolstered by their own deaths.’
      • ‘Americans have grown accustomed to cynically dismissing campaign promises peddled by politicians on the stump as pure pablum.’
  • 2In a way that is concerned only with one's own interests and disregards accepted standards in order to achieve them.

    ‘he was accused of cynically exploiting a terrible tragedy’
    • ‘By using surveillance, the regime cynically granted my father's friend a sort of closeted freedom.’
    • ‘The teen horror film and the teen comedy are both about as shallow and cynically complacent as film genres can be.’
    • ‘The director has never made a movie cynically, i.e. just for the tie-ins.’
    • ‘The ending is no mere abrupt trick, cynically toying once again with audiences ' expectations.’
    • ‘Few, indeed, wanted to be in the army: many openly, cynically, bitterly denounced the war.’
    • ‘This is a film which knows that good films are meant to move us, but doesn't cynically tug on our heartstrings.’
    • ‘The whole affair was cynically intended to placate the reform party, while the real abuses continued.’
    • ‘Taxi is an embarrassing formula picture that is full of miscalculations and cynically milks previous material.’
    • ‘His view is that our anxiety about terrorism is hysterically out of proportion, and is cynically perpetuated by our leaders.’
    • ‘The Senator had no compunction about appealing to minority interests, cynically perhaps, but certainly effectively.’