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incredulity

[in-kri-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-] /ˌɪn krɪˈdu lɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being incredulous; inability or unwillingness to believe.
Origin of incredulity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English incredulite < Latin incrēdulitās. See incredulous, -ity
Synonyms
disbelief, skepticism, doubt.
Antonyms
faith.
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  • Perhaps nothing in education encourages this incredulity about “masters” of thought like the history of philosophy.

  • There came a squeal of amazement from Aggie, a start of incredulity from Garson.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I will make no attempt to set down for you his surprise nor his incredulity.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • These statements were then received with a stormy manifestation of incredulity.

  • "Suppose the cow jumped over the moon," replies Jack with incredulity.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for incredulity

incredulity

/ˌɪnkrɪˈdjuːlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
lack of belief; scepticism
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Word Origin and History for incredulity
n.

"disbelieving frame of mind," early 15c., from Middle French incrédulité, from Latin incredulitatem (nominative incredulitas), noun of quality from incredulus (see incredible).

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