The Difference Between A Skeptic  and a Cynic

From Bee-l
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Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 08:09:26 -0400
From: Peter Loring Borst
Subject: evolutionary pressures

> Pete, there is plenty of evidenc

The Difference Between A Skeptic  and a Cynic

Skeptic, one who maintains a doubting attitude with reference to some particular question or statement. Also, one who is habitually inclined rather to doubt than to believe any assertion or apparent fact that comes before him.

1870 M. D. Conway A Sceptic, then, is one who shades his eyes in order to look steadfastly at a thing.

Cynic, A person disposed to rail or find fault; now usually: One who shows a disposition to disbelieve in the sincerity or goodness of human motives and actions; a sneering fault-finder.

1879 G. Meredith Cynics are only happy in making the world as barren to others as they have made it for themselves.

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