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noun: cynic 
1. a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view. 
2. one of a sect of Greek philosophers, 4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity. 
3. a person who shows or expresses a bitterly or sneeringly cynical attitude. 
adjective: cynical 
1. like or characteristic of a cynic; distrusting or disparaging the motives of others. 
2. showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one's actions, esp. by actions that exploit the scruples of others. 
3. bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic. 
5. Cynical. of or pertaining to the Cynics or their doctrines. 
6. Medicine/Medical Now Rare. resembling the actions of a snarling dog. 
Português: cínico 
substantivo masculino: 
1 relativo a ou adepto da doutrina dos filósofos gregos Antístenes de Atenas (444-365 a.C) e Diógenes de Sinope (400-325 a.C.), que se caracteriza esp. pela oposição aos valores sociais e culturais em vigor, com base na convicção de que não é possível conciliar leis e convenções estabelecidas com a vida natural autêntica e virtuosa 
2 que ou aquele que afronta ostensivamente as convenções e conveniências morais e sociais 
3 que ou aquele que é dado a atos e/ou ditos imorais, impudicos, escandalosos; desavergonhado, debochado, sarcástico 
4 que ou aquele que fala ou age com descaso, impudência, falta de escrúpulos; petulante, atrevido 
5 diz-se de ou personagem-tipo de indivíduo inescrupuloso, hipócrita, sarcástico 
1 que denota cinismo, desfaçatez, fingimento 

Sources: cynic, cynical; not a great dictionary - based on Random House & Webster's which are both inferior to the OED, but who can afford the on-line Oxford English? Houaiss Dicionário Eletrônico; which is OK except that the (stupid) software keeps asking me to insert the CD, eventually it will wear out and I will have to buy a new one.

Also, a link to an interesting word site: World Wide Words.

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