[ adjective ] believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others

Used in print

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

When I question them as_to what they mean by concepts like liberty and democracy , I find that they fall_into two categories : the simpler ones who have simply accepted the shibboleths of their faith without analysis ; and the intelligent , cynical ones who scornfully reply that these things do n't count any_more in the world of to-day .

I take this to mean that the intelligent - and therefore necessarily cynical ?

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