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 for Cynic spasm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spasm \Spasm\, n. [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. ?, from ?, ?, to
     draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. Span, v. t.]
     1. (Med.) An involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or
        more muscles or muscular fibers.
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     Note: Spasm are usually either clonic or tonic. In clonic
           spasm, the muscles or muscular fibers contract and
           relax alternately in very quick succession. In tonic
           spasm, the contraction is steady and uniform, and
           continues for a comparatively long time, as in tetanus.
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     2. A sudden, violent, and temporary effort or emotion; as, a
        spasm of repentance.
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     Cynic spasm (Med.) See under Cynic.
  
     Spasm of the chest. See Angina pectoris, under Angina.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cynic \Cyn"ic\ (s[i^]n"[i^]k), Cynical \Cyn"ic*al\ (-[i^]*kal),
     a. [L. cynicus of the sect of Cynics, fr. Gr. kyniko`s,
     prop., dog-like, fr. ky`wn, kyno`s, dog. See Hound.]
     1. Having the qualities of a surly dog; snarling; captious;
        currish.
  
              I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess
              obligations where no benefit has been received.
                                                    --Johnson.
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     2. Pertaining to the Dog Star; as, the cynic, or Sothic,
        year; cynic cycle.
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     3. Belonging to the sect of philosophers called cynics;
        having the qualities of a cynic; pertaining to, or
        resembling, the doctrines of the cynics.
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     4. Given to sneering at rectitude and the conduct of life by
        moral principles; believing the worst of human nature and
        motives; disbelieving in the reality of any human purposes
        which are not suggested or directed by self-interest or
        self-indulgence; having a sneering disbelief in the
        selflessness of others; as, a cynical man who scoffs at
        pretensions of integrity; characterized by such opinions;
        as, cynical views of human nature.
  
     Syn: misanthropic, misanthropical.
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     Note: In prose, cynical is used rather than cynic, in the
           senses 1 and 4.
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     Cynic spasm (Med.), a convulsive contraction of the muscles
        of one side of the face, producing a sort of grin,
        suggesting certain movements in the upper lip of a dog.
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