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SYN: sardonic, ironic, wry, contemptuous, derisive, doubtful, ironic

Definition: Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others

Example: Tim Franklin once said...
 
"The American Station Wagon Owners Association? That was a joke, right? I recall sleeping comfortably in the back deck of my parent's Vista Cruiser on long trips, and I still respect what wagons can do. But join a club to club to celebrate their myth and mystery? Come on now. That'd be like joining the 'Mix Master Historical Preservation Society'."

Explnation:
In the form of incorporating several rhetorical questions acts to leave a tone of humor into what Franklin wants to convey. His opinion overall leaves  a humorous feeling to his audience. In his thought, as Franklin questions, "...That was a joke right?" it obviously confirms a sense of condescension but his attempt to attack his position allows the reader that his opinion is not in a form to evoke any type of hostility. In order to stress his attack, he also specifically lets his audience know his respect  toward the abilities of what wagons can do, as stated in the text. To further enhance his tone of cynicism is found direction in his creative usage in punctuation marks. To grasp a hold of his audience, he first enlists a question--obviously followed by a question mark '?' and directly after the question mark, directly attached is a '!'. By Franklin's clever way in conveying his cynicism through using correct punctuations at an appropriate time further acknowledge his sense of sardonicism.

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