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cynical Sentence Examples

  • You don't have a cynical bone in your body.

  • Personally he possessed the charming manners of a polished grand seigneur: debauched and cynical, but never rude or cruel, full of gentle consideration for all about him but selfish in his pursuit of pleasure, he has had to bear a heavy load of blame, but it is.

  • On the whole, his moral attitude is cynical, and he is inclined to regard self-interest as the best criterion.

  • An accomplished man of letters, a competent critic of art, a linguist of rare perfection and charming in manner, but cynical and pleasureloving, he was certainly one of the chief diplomatic personages in the reign of the last of the tsars.

  • These and other actions indicate that William could show on occasion a cold and cynical ruthlessness.

  • The first three represent the spirit of their age by exhibiting the power of the Stoic philosophy as a moral, political and religious force; the last is the most cynical exponent of the depravity of the time.

  • There is in truth a something crude, unsympathetic, cynical in his mental attitude toward human nature, for which, even after the lapse of more than three centuries, we find it difficult to make allowance.

  • When unemployed in work or study he was not averse to the society of boon companions, gave himself readily to transient amours, and corresponded in a tone of cynical bad taste.

  • Bergler led a wild and irregular life, and offended his friends and made many enemies by his dissipated habits and cynical disposition.

  • Indolence was supposed to be the keynote of his character - a refined indolence, not, however, without cleverness of a somewhat cynical and superior order.

  • Equally sceptical with Montaigne, and decidedly more cynical, he is distinguished by a deeper and sterner tone.

  • His original verse tends chiefly to show that with all his sarcastic and cynical wit his genius had also its tender, serious and sentimental side.

  • The contrast is marked by the humour which seems to combine a cynical view of human folly with a deeply pathetic sense of the sadness and suffering of life.

  • Mandeville's philosophy gave great offence at the time, and has always been stigmatized as false, cynical and degrading.

  • Guicciardini was the product of a cynical and selfish age, and his life illustrated its sordid influences.

  • When we turn from the man to the author, the decadence of the age and race that could develop a political philosophy so arid in its cynical despair of any good in human nature forces itself vividly upon our notice.

  • There is probably no foundation for this story except gossip, and the cynical malice of Catherine.

  • His whole strain, in sharp contrast to that of most of his predecessors, is cynical and satirical, and suggests that most of the matters discussed were of small personal concern to himself.

  • With cynical insight he discovered that a great government cannot rest on a clique, however distinguished.

  • There was something repulsive as well in the enthusiastic nationalism of Pitt as in the cynical nationalism of Frederick.

  • In general it proved that an alliance, to be effective, must be clearly defined as to its objects, and that in the long run the treaty in which these objects are defined must - to quote Bismarck's somewhat cynical dictum - "be reinforced by the interests" of the parties concerned.

  • Craft and wiliness are the qualities most generally attributed to her, coupled with the cynical praise that "in temporal matters she was very lucky."

  • He shook his head no and gave a cynical chuckle.

  • You don't have a cynical bone in your body.

  • He laughed, a cynical bark.

  • He was cynical about politicians' promises on taxes.

  • They were cynical about politics.

  • Is it cynical to suggest that the courts are being a trifle schizophrenic about the guidelines?

  • I'm cynical enough to believe this is deliberate.

  • Cynical opportunism often hides the despair.

  • Cynical disregard for the world's working class led him into the pact with Hitler.

  • Cynical manipulation by the US of its power of veto in the UN Security Council is bringing increasing international condemnation.

  • Paul Watson has become deeply cynical of the politics within institutionalized broadcasting.

  • We Greens find the government's attitude utterly cynical.

  • The collapse of the former Yugoslavia has been aided and abetted by the various western powers using incredibly cynical maneuvers.

  • He said that smaller organizations appeared cynical about "key skills" as understood by learning providers.

  • Ulrik slowly uncovered a cynical plot that involves the country's incumbent prime minister.

  • His cynical and rather rough manner frequently masked a wish to be kindly, and even affectionate.

  • The spies are younger, less jaded but equally cynical and still operating in a wholly amoral world.

  • A political vacuum and a cynical change in British security policy provided the backcloth to the 1977 strike.

  • He's taken a stand and stuck to his message, ignoring the cruel barbs of cynical hipsters.

  • A lot of cops become bitter, I suppose, or to put it another way: cynical.

  • compensateaccused today's insurance industry of a cynical attempt to avoid compensating asbestos victims.

  • But we must NOT feel cut off from this political process and grow overly cynical.

  • Perhaps rather cynical, these views seemed to have some sort of root in reality.

  • At first, he seems entirely cynical about this.

  • You tend to become cynical about the whole thing.

  • His Forgotten Man speech lifted American politics out of its cynical drowse and established the most inspiring era in American history.

  • Is this just cynical exploitation due to the fact that this is where the cheapest kids ' tickets are?

  • This is personified by Alden Pyle, who is characterized by the cynical British foreign correspondent Thomas Fowler as ' The Quiet American ' .

  • gap between rhetoric and reality is so great they feel more cynical about Shell and BP than they did previously.

  • gold plate who is interviewed about anything should be asked to justify their gold-plated pensions, along with their cynical over-claiming of expenses.

  • Another cowardly cynical hack on a player of superior ability.

  • hard-bitten, cynical journalist.

  • horrid, cynical crowd is coming from Long Island, and I _don't_ want her to marry any of them.

  • Hain is a shining example of youthful idealism being replaced by cynical self interest in later life.

  • Hyde Flippo Francis, the narrator, is a witty, sardonic, sarcastic, cynical, philosophical, romantic idealist.

  • I'm somehow managing to simultaneously become more idealistic, less cynical, and more critical as I get older.

  • impregnable defenses of the cynical hatchet men who confronted them.

  • It was a shocking indictment of the whole cynical trade.

  • The ref simply avoided carding players until they fouled in a cynical and at least potentially injurious way.

  • laceratee script is a marvel of intelligent, provocative writing, blending Murrow's lacerating monologs with a jagged, cynical journalistic humor.

  • Jay, it turns out, is what we use to call a cynical old lefty.

  • Its support for the cynical manipulation by the US of its power of veto in the UN Security Council is bringing increasing international condemnation.

  • Despite years of pondering him as a shrewd and cynical manipulator of public consciousness, I was immediately entranced.

  • manoeuvrelapse of the former Yugoslavia has been aided and abetted by the various Western powers using incredibly cynical maneuvers.

  • This play maybe sad in tone, but is never maudlin or cynical.

  • Is Bob Fingerman a cynical misanthrope or a disappointed humanitarian?

  • Or are we British just too aloof, too cynical, too oblique?

  • This is cynical political opportunism of the worst kind.

  • outplayed gifted opponents and did much to reassure a cynical Leeds public.

  • Critics said the warning was a cynical ploy to boost sales.

  • Even the most cynical could not fail to be impressed by the quality of the presentations this year.

  • Be warned, there's no corner of the industry immune from his cynical rants!

  • Am I being cynical in thinking this was simply rehashed old material dumped in to fill time?

  • Now, you might say this is rather self-serving, even cynical.

  • The cynical dealings of democratic senators expose the real story behind the popularity of campaign finance reform.

  • Over the last 5 years this government's much proclaimed ethical foreign policy has been exposed for the cynical sham that it always was.

  • spat over cash for peerages sadly confirms everyone's most cynical feelings about politics and politicians.

  • spend rest of the game was spent trying to equalize against a Lowdham defense that grew more panicky and cynical with each passing minute.

  • Meanwhile in Britain New Labor government spin doctor apologizes for cynical email advising colleagues to exploit the aftermath of the Twin Towers catastrophe.

  • Everyone with a cynical view of American suburbia will enjoy this film.

  • Where X-Men are cynical superheroes, here we have a virtuous superhero in a cynical world.

  • With his endearing yet cynical wit, Malcolm navigates his way through the sometimes treacherous, always entertaining waters of childhood.

  • unabashed romanticism, albeit with a distinctly cynical edge.

  • uncovers a cynical plot that involves the country's incumbent Prime Minister.

  • wiz kid, even the most cynical of observers must agree that he has been charitable.

  • youthful idealism being replaced by cynical self interest in later life.

  • Personally he possessed the charming manners of a polished grand seigneur: debauched and cynical, but never rude or cruel, full of gentle consideration for all about him but selfish in his pursuit of pleasure, he has had to bear a heavy load of blame, but it is.

  • On one point, however, this description was not accurate; Russia sulked so far as Austria was concerned, for she could not forget that the emperor Francis Joseph, by his wavering and unfriendly conduct towards her during the Crimean War, had ill repaid her assistance to the Habsburg Monarchy in 1849, and had fulfilled the cynical prediction of Prince Schwarzenberg that his country would astonish the world by her ingratitude.

  • respects was much in need of such elevation will be doubted by none but the hopelessly cynical; and probably there are few readers who can peruse the paragraph in which Gibbon " approaches the delicate subject of his early love " without discerning in it a pathos much deeper than that of which the writer was himself aware.

  • Similarly the cynical contempt which Nietzsche shows for morality and the conventional virtues is counterbalanced by the theory of the 0bermensch, 'the highest type of manhood.

  • On the whole, his moral attitude is cynical, and he is inclined to regard self-interest as the best criterion.

  • But the cynical expressions of such a man are not to be taken too literally; and the mere fact that he lived and died in the esteem of many friends suffices to show that the theoretical selfishness which he sometimes professed cannot have been consistently and at all times carried into practice.

  • Disillusioned and cynical, though clear-sighted as ever, he was henceforth before all things an Austrian, more Austrian on occasion even than Metternich; as, e.g., when, during the final stages of the campaign of 1814, he expressed the hope that Metternich would substitute "Austria" for "Europe" in his diplomacy and - strange advice from the old hater of Napoleon and of France - secure an AustroFrench alliance by maintaining the husband of Marie Louise on the throne of France.

  • An accomplished man of letters, a competent critic of art, a linguist of rare perfection and charming in manner, but cynical and pleasureloving, he was certainly one of the chief diplomatic personages in the reign of the last of the tsars.

  • These and other actions indicate that William could show on occasion a cold and cynical ruthlessness.

  • The first three represent the spirit of their age by exhibiting the power of the Stoic philosophy as a moral, political and religious force; the last is the most cynical exponent of the depravity of the time.

  • There is in truth a something crude, unsympathetic, cynical in his mental attitude toward human nature, for which, even after the lapse of more than three centuries, we find it difficult to make allowance.

  • When unemployed in work or study he was not averse to the society of boon companions, gave himself readily to transient amours, and corresponded in a tone of cynical bad taste.

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