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adjective     cynical pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    someone who is cynical believes that people care only about themselves and are not sincere or honest
  2. 2
    someone who is cynical expects things not to be successful or useful
    cynical about:

    I know that some of you are very cynical about the proposals.

  3. 3
    willing to let other people be harmed so that you can get an advantage

    Democrats said it was a cynical attempt to smear the President’s reputation.

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     cynically pronunciation in American English
/ˈsɪnɪkli/ adverb


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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