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cynical
used in Arrowsmith

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Definition
someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
  • My boy, if you only knew how foolish you sound when you try to be cynical!
    Chapter 2 (70% in)
  • In years he was only twenty-nine, but he was the oldest and perhaps the most cynical man in the world.
    Chapter 11 (18% in)
  • Gottlieb's gods are the cynics, the destroyers—crapehangers the vulgar call 'em: Diderot and Voltaire and Elser; great men, wonderworkers, yet men that had more fun destroying other people's theories than creating their own.
    Chapter 11 (76% in)
  • ...of the sort called "practical"; not once did he cease warring on the post hoc propter hoc conclusions which still make up most medical lore; not once did he fail to be hated by his colleagues, who were respectful to his face, uncomfortable in feeling his ironic power, but privily joyous to call him Mephisto, Diabolist, Killjoy, Pessimist, Destructive Critic, Flippant Cynic, Scientific Bounder Lacking in Dignity and Seriousness, Intellectual Snob, Pacifist, Anarchist, Atheist, Jew.
    Chapter 12 (15% in)
  • He, the cynic, the anarch, tried to found an Institution, and he went at it like a spinster organizing a league to keep small boys from learning naughty words.
    Chapter 12 (45% in)
  • McGurk had bullied Dr. Tubbs now and then; Tubbs was compelled to scurry to his office as though he were a messenger boy; yet when he saw the saturnine eyes of Gottlieb, McGurk looked interested; and the two men, the bulky, clothes-conscious, powerful, reticent American and the cynical, simple, power-despising European, became friends.
    Chapter 27 (13% in)
  • Martin dropped the cynicism which had always seemed proper between him and Terry.
    Chapter 36 (37% in)
  • He told himself that Clif was a crook, a fool, and a fat waster; he told himself that Clif was a cynic without wisdom, a drunkard without charm, and a philanthropist who was generous only because it larded his vanity.
    Chapter 39 (54% in)

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