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cynical
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
  • Larry Lish—Herbert Lawrence Lish, Jr. (his father was the movie producer Herb Lish)—was arguably Gravesend's most cynical and decadent student.
    p. 373.1
  • But I was too young and cynical to spot his kindness.
    p. 48.1
  • She had not been waving to Mr. Morrison, I was sure; his cynical presence didn't inspire a greeting as unselfconscious as a wave—that lugubrious mailman did not invite so much as a nod of recognition.
    p. 242.0
  • Gravesend Academy embraced a cynical tone of voice, savored a criticism of everything that anyone took seriously; the students hallowed, above everyone else, that boy who saw himself as born to break the rules, as destined to change the laws.
    p. 293.1
  • One of the favored candidates withdrew his application; although there was no direct evidence that Owen had contributed to the candidate's retreat, the man admitted there was a certain quality of "accepted cynicism" among the students that had "depressed" him.
    p. 301.3
  • "Owen Meany isn't cynical!
    p. 301.4
  • NO MORE CYNICAL, NEGATIVE, SMART-ASS, ADOLESCENT BULLSHIT!
    p. 341.8
  • Owen Meany wrote to me: "DON'T BE SO CYNICAL—NOT EVERYTHING IS 'UP FOR GRABS.'
    p. 513.7
  • If Major Rawls had earned a battlefield commission, he had earned his measure of cynicism, too; the major spoke in sustained, explosive bursts—like rounds of fire from an automatic weapon.
    p. 599.9

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