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Somebody who acknowledges the fact that humanity is crap but also believes in its capacity to do good.
--Man I know the world has a lot of shitty people but I still think we can do some good here. I think I'm cynically optimistic.

--If you're that person who wants to cut the next jerk who cuts you in line, but also has genuine faith in humanity, you're cynically optimistic.
by waderaykabeta August 31, 2017
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When you believe all of humanity is driven by self-interest, but that humanity also has an innate desire to feel good about themselves, and that's a possibility for a person to act kindly. such as actively recycling out of a sense of legacy/guilt.
I could just be cynically optimistic right now, but I think that guy only helped that lady across the rode so he could feel morally superior .
by realistically depressed January 23, 2018
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When you're really negative about something you're actually looking forward to.
Marriage is the biggest mistake I can't wait to make. It's the only thing I've ever been cynically optimistic about.
by Sanityfan November 29, 2015
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