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cynical

[sin-i-kuhl] [ˈsɪnɪkəl]
adjective
  • skeptical of the motives of others
  • selfishly or callously calculating
  • negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness
  • "But Manny, unlike his father, was not of a firmly gloomy or cynical disposition, and tended to believe in people's goodwill."