cynic

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. misanthrope, pessimist; philosopher. See thought, malevolence.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. misanthrope, misogynist, misogamist, mocker, satirist, scoffer, pessimist, sarcastic person, caviler, sneerer, flouter, carper, critic, unbeliever, egoist, manhater, skeptic, doubter, questioner, detractor, negativist, nihilist, doubting Thomas*; see also critic 1 .
Ant. optimist, believer*, idealist.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
skeptic, nonbeliever, *doubting Thomas, scoffer, realist, pessimist, naysayer, killjoy, misanthrope. A man who tells you the truth about your own motives.''—Russel Green. A man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.''—H.L. Mencken.
ANT.: optimist, *Pollyanna, believer
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun A person who expects only the worst from people: misanthrope, misanthropist. See ATTITUDE. II adjective Marked by or displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives or virtues of others: cynical, ironic, ironical, sardonic, wry. See ATTITUDE, RESPECT.

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