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[skep-tik] /ˈskɛp tɪk/
noun, adjective
Related forms
antisceptic, noun Unabridged
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  • In this wide-open career the plebeian suffered for his mediocrity, and the sceptic for his doubt.
  • Role out the usual establishment supporters and sceptic abusers.
  • And that there are truly good reasons to be so sceptic about climate science.
  • Even to someone who may otherwise call them selves a sceptic the prospect is so great that many emotions are involved.
  • Stop wasting time in trying to convince a sceptic of a sighting, they will never believe.
  • The paradox is that a sceptic is far more likely to accept a believable lie than an unbelievable truth.
  • Sure, it may be about a sceptic, but the first episode annoyed me with bad science.
  • But people are naturally biased, and your politics affect your stance as much as that of any sceptic.
  • All the key facts are not known, an exasperated sceptic would say.
  • Though he remains a sceptic, he provides a wealth of information to let the rest of us make up our minds.
British Dictionary definitions for sceptic


a person who habitually doubts the authenticity of accepted beliefs
a person who mistrusts people, ideas, etc, in general
a person who doubts the truth of religion, esp Christianity
of or relating to sceptics; sceptical
Derived Forms
scepticism, (archaic, US) skepticism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin scepticus, from Greek skeptikos one who reflects upon, from skeptesthai to consider


a member of one of the ancient Greek schools of philosophy, esp that of Pyrrho, who believed that real knowledge of things is impossible
of or relating to the Sceptics
Derived Forms
Scepticism, (archaic, US) Skepticism, noun
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Word Origin and History for sceptic

chiefly British English spelling of skeptic (q.v.). Related: Sceptical; sceptically; scepticism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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