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skepticism

or scepticism

[skep-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈskɛp təˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
skeptical attitude or temper; doubt.
2.
doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.
3.
(initial capital letter) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt.
Origin of skepticism
1640-1650
1640-50; < New Latin scepticismus, equivalent to Latin sceptic(us) skeptic + -ismus -ism
Related forms
antiskepticism, noun
Synonyms
1. questioning, probing, testing. 2. disbelief, atheism, agnosticism.
Antonyms
2. faith.
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  • The evidence, however, seems to me to stand against the skepticism expressed therein.

  • Primmie seemed to discern a hint of skepticism even in the cough.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • skepticism in a book did not disturb him; he could put down words against it.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • I resist the skepticism of our education and of our educated men.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Miss Whitmore did not much like the skepticism in his tone, but she stood up, took quick, careful aim and fired.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
Word Origin and History for skepticism
n.

also scepticism, 1640s, from skeptic + -ism. Specifically regarding Christian religion, from 1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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skepticism in Culture

skepticism definition


In philosophy, the position that what cannot be proved by reason should not be believed. One of the main tasks of epistemology is to find an answer to the charge of some extreme skeptics that no knowledge is possible.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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