Cynicism

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Cynicism

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Jan 31, 1999 12:00 am

Where did this word come from and what does it mean? What are common uses of this word now?
Also how doe sit relate to the looking for an honest man?

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Cynicism

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

The ultimate etymology is the Greek 'kunikos', doglike, churlish.
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