- a school of Greek PHILOSOPHY dating to the fifth century B.C. which taught living a simple life and rigorous self control. Because of their ridicule of social mores and personal follies, cynicism became associated with a negative attitude of defeatism and scorn for any enterprise.
Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.
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cynicism — 1670s, philosophy of the Cynics, from CYNIC (Cf. cynic) + ISM (Cf. ism). Meaning cynical character is from 1847. For nuances of usage of cynicism, see HUMOR (Cf. humor) … Etymology dictionary
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