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[in-kri-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-] /ˌɪn krɪˈdu lɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
the quality or state of being incredulous; inability or unwillingness to believe.
Origin of incredulity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English incredulite < Latin incrēdulitās. See incredulous, -ity
disbelief, skepticism, doubt.
faith. Unabridged
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  • At first there was popular incredulity and disbelief that there was much behind the charges, or that much could be unearthed.
  • The rank and file soldiers reacted with disbelief and incredulity.
  • Reaction to the series-an effort to boost circulation, which it did-ranged from amazed belief to incredulity.
  • Other e-mails make users gasp with incredulity and awe, which is where this list begins.
  • Get over your personal incredulity and look at the evidence.
  • What a gigantic argument from ignorance, personal incredulity, and more ignorance.
  • Use the mark to show a high degree of surprise, incredulity or other strong emotion.
  • The aliens are operating on this principle when they react with such incredulity to the fact of conscious meat.
  • His tone, normally amiable with questioning witnesses, was tinged with skepticism bordering on incredulity.
  • Though the basic events are true, one always greets them with incredulity.
British Dictionary definitions for incredulity


lack of belief; scepticism
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Word Origin and History for incredulity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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