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

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Robert's thin lips broke into a slight sneer of incredulity.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • At his shoulder he heard a low gasp of amazement and incredulity commingled.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • These statements were then received with a stormy manifestation of incredulity.

  • Then, at once, a curious feeling of incredulity swept over him.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
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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