Part of speech:
Disposed to find fault; critical.
Inclined to judge too severely
Full of wiles; crafty; sly
Difficult to understand; abstruse:
Clever and plausible, but unsound and tending to mislead
(Physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction:
Of, having the nature of, or characterized by sarcasm; sneering, caustic, cutting, etc.
Harsh, strict, or highly critical, as in treatment; unsparing; stern
Subject to caprices; tending to change abruptly and without apparent reason; erratic; flighty
Expressing censure; inclined to find fault; harshly critical
(Music) Moving in the opposite direction at a fixed interval:
Subtly deceitful; sly; cunning; artful
Contrary or counter; opposing.
The definition of cynical is having a belief that people only do things to serve their own needs.
Requiring much effort or attention:
Characterized by or resulting from anger.
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous.
Showing ill humor or impatience, as a glance or remark
Willfully opposing or resisting what is right, expected, or reasonable:
Impatient or irritable, esp. over petty things; peevish
Expressing praise; eulogistic; commendatory
Serving to commend.
Attractive or good-looking; that makes one look good.
The definition of encouraging is something that gives hope.
Too critical; too severe in judgment; hard to please
Inclined to judge too severely; hypercritical.
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