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The term "cynic" derives from Ancient Greek κυνικός (kynikos), meaning dog-like, and that from κύων (kyôn), meaning dog. Diogenes the Cynic was called with the epithet doggish and made a virtue of it, having a simple life-style to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt, or confused, society. This piece consisted of adopting a canine way of life, retiring with dogs in nature.