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Cynic

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To fill the hour—that is happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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English

Etymology

Originated 1540–50 from Latin Cynicus (cynic philosopher) < Ancient Greek Κυνικός (Kynikós) (literally doglike, currish) < κύων (dog) + -ικός; see Proto-Indo-European *kwon-.

The word may have first been applied to Cynics because of the nickname κύων kuōn (dog) given to the Diogenes of Sinope, the prototypical Cynic.

Proper noun

Singular
Cynic

Plural
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Cynic

  1. A member of a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.

Adjective

Cynic (not comparable)

Positive
Cynic

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or related to the Cynics.

Translations

References

  • Cynic” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

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