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CYNIC, CYNICAL adjective [Gr., canine, a dog.] Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious; surly; currish; austere.

Cynic spasm, a kind of convulsion, in which the patient imitates the howling of dogs.

CYNIC, noun A man of a canine temper; a surly or snarling man or philosopher; a follower of Diogenes; a misanthrope.