cynical collocations and examples

 UK /ˈsɪnɪk(ə)l/

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willing to harm other people to get what you want, or thinking that people are like this

Adverbs frequently used with cynical
very: deeply, extremely, incredibly, so, veryPeople in this country are so cynical.rather: fairly, a little, pretty informal, quite, rather, slightly, somewhatIt might be rather cynical, but I tend to agree with you on where the funding is going.totally: entirely, totally, utterlyIt was not an entirely cynical decision.too: overly, too, undulyOne does not have to be unduly cynical to have doubts about the likely success of such a voluntary code of conduct.
Nouns frequently used with cynical
action or plan: attempt, manoeuvre, move, ploy, tacticI was taken in by the cynical marketing ploy of selling essentially the same product in different packaging.behaviour: disbelief, disregard, exploitation, manipulation, opportunismHis public words were simply a cynical manipulation of the public to promote his reputation.remarks: comment, remark, responseTry not to make cynical remarks and personal attacks on people’s characters.attitude: attitude, viewThe widespread cynical view is that he has simply postponed such increases until after the election.
Verbs frequently used with cynical
seem cynical: appear, seem, soundI don’t mean to sound cynical.become cynical: be, become, growOthers become cynical because life has worn them down.feel cynical: feel, remainMaybe you feel very cynical about this, but wouldn’t it be great if it were true?
Other nouns/adjectives/verbs frequently used with cynical
apathetic, bitter, callous, hypocritical, jaded, manipulative, negative, sarcastic, sceptical, world-wearyThose words are clearly the work of a bitter, cynical and extremely unhappy man.
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