definition of cynical

The term cynical is recurrently used to refer to the sample of cynicism that a person performs, or the degree of this that the individual in question presents as a salient feature of his person. When it is said that this or that is a cynic, it is because he has an evident tendency not to believe in the goodness and sincerity of other human beings, that is, the cynical-type attitude is closely linked to sarcasm, irony and derision.

Meanwhile, for cynicism is understood to the lack of prudence, the immodest obscenity and the lack of shame that someone has when it comes to having to lie or defend actions that at first glance are more than reprehensible; the cynicism of the opposition leader is really outrageous, after the investigation that proves without a doubt his incursion into corruption, he stated that he did it to guarantee the governability of the Nation!

While, The other uses of the term is to designate who was part, was a member, of the Cynical School, which spread a certainly popular doctrine that was developed many centuries ago in ancient Greece.

The aforementioned school was made up of former disciples of the philosopher Socrates, approximately in the middle of 4th century BC

Such a denomination arose more than anything because it fit like a glove to disparagingly qualify the way of life that they held, because basically the main differentiation that they marked was the contempt they showed towards material goods and wealth.

Diogenes of Sinope and Antisthenes were its two highest representatives, the latter is recognized as its founder and Sinope as one of the best students. For these, civilization represented a real evil for the correct development of man, for which they recommended a friendly life close to nature to counteract it. Wisdom and freedom of the spirit are the greatest allies that cynicism held would help man find happiness, while material things turned out to be really despicable things. The repulsion for these was such that they even avoided pleasure in any of its manifestations so as not to become slaves of it. The dogs, for the simplicity that they manifested, were the model to be followed by this school.

Over time, the concept was transforming until the concept that prevails today and that we mentioned at the beginning of the article.