Learner's definition of CYNICAL
[more cynical; most cynical]
1 : believing that people are generally selfish and dishonest
— often + about
Cynical people say there is no such thing as true love.
People are so cynical nowadays.
She's become more cynical in her old age.
2 : selfish and dishonest in a way that shows no concern about treating other people fairly
Some people regard the governor's visit to the hospital as a cynical attempt to win votes.
We live in a cruel, cynical [=uncaring] world.