skepticism

[skep-tuh-siz-uhm]
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.
Also, scepticism.


Origin:
1640–50; < Neo-Latin scepticismus, equivalent to Latin sceptic(us) skeptic + -ismus -ism

antiskepticism, noun


1. questioning, probing, testing. 2. disbelief, atheism, agnosticism.


2. faith.
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sceptic or skeptic (ˈskɛptɪk)
 
n
1.  a person who habitually doubts the authenticity of accepted beliefs
2.  a person who mistrusts people, ideas, etc, in general
3.  a person who doubts the truth of religion, esp Christianity
 
adj
4.  of or relating to sceptics; sceptical
 
[C16: from Latin scepticus, from Greek skeptikos one who reflects upon, from skeptesthai to consider]
 
skeptic or skeptic
 
n
 
adj
 
[C16: from Latin scepticus, from Greek skeptikos one who reflects upon, from skeptesthai to consider]
 
'scepticism or skeptic
 
n
 
'skepticism or skeptic
 
n

Sceptic or Skeptic (ˈskɛptɪk)
 
n
1.  a member of one of the ancient Greek schools of philosophy, esp that of Pyrrho, who believed that real knowledge of things is impossible
 
adj
2.  of or relating to the Sceptics
 
Skeptic or Skeptic
 
n
 
adj
 
'Scepticism or Skeptic
 
n
 
'Skepticism or Skeptic
 
n

skeptic (ˈskɛptɪk)
 
n, —adj
an archaic, and the usual US, spelling of sceptic
 
'skeptical
 
adj
 
'skeptically
 
adv
 
'skepticalness
 
n
 
'skepticism
 
n

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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.

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Example sentences
Another scar of this skepticism is the distrust in human virtue.
Word of mouth has prompted skepticism as well as admiration.
But researchers who study the rare dolphin have expressed deep skepticism that
  such a dramatic turnaround could have occurred.
His skepticism may have led him into errors of his own.
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