someone who always expects the worst and most selfish motives out of everyone and everything. Otherwise known as experienced.
1. These charity adverts are a great way to fleece you for all your money. Those dudes living in mud was probably 50 years ago. They have schools now. And a sewerage treatment place.

2. Disneyland is great but I'm not waiting 2 hours to see ''sleeping beauty''. She's either made of plastic or some lazy cow who's paid to sleep in all day. Besides, one floor is hardly impressive for a castle.

The above are cynical examples.
by Imabasketcase April 21, 2015
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One who knows the truth about human nature and motives. May be labeled as distrustful or paranoid by naive people.
Someone who is butthurt doesn't qualify as cynical. Neither does someone who is jaded.
I never trust strangers I meet over the Internet with personal data, no matter how unimportant said data is, call me cynical.
by Neural Blade July 4, 2010
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Your required outlook in order to post on Urban Dictionary.
I think the world is shit. That's cynical enough for urban dictionary isn't it?
by HomeParkHomer August 26, 2006
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1. An adjective describing a person with sarcastic, witty, quirky, pessimistic who rejects all conventions, whether of religion, manners, housing, dress, or decency, advocating the pursuit of virtue in a simple and unmaterialistic lifestyle.

2. An individual in Urban Dictionary who likes to stir the turd and add sarcastic, funny, and/or assholey defenitions.
You are so cynical, you make me throw up large, giant, man eating larvae.
by The Amazing Asshole January 27, 2009
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The required outlook in order to find the cold hard facts to a problem.
Person 1: Dude that idea is great! I think it is flawless.

Cynical person: No, too many potential flaws there. Try again.

Person 1: Dude, quit being so damn cynical
by LeCynic April 9, 2013
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The most misused word on the internet.

To be cynical is to tend to view people as by their own self-interest.

Not to be confused with pessimism, which is a tendency to believe that a bad outcome is more likely than a good one.
Also, not to be confused with skepticism, which is when you would doubt the truth of something and demand evidence.
Person 1: I'm cynical about the future.
Person 2: You mean pessimistic, right?
Person 1: Pessimistic! Yes, sorry, that's what I meant.
by Red Jacket July 18, 2021
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