- skeptical attitude or temper; doubt.
- doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.
- (initial capital letter) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt.
Origin of skepticism
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1. questioning, probing, testing. 2. disbelief, atheism, agnosticism.
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Examples from the Web for skepticism
In Romneyland, the super PAC is being met with real suspicion and skepticism.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
It appears that even the president sensed his announcement would be greeted with skepticism.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
House and Senate skepticism of the program is at its highest point ever.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
Vieira realizes this mission makes him the butt of an endless onslaught of skepticism and criticism.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid
November 13, 2014
They are told that this event is important, and they may, momentarily, set aside their skepticism.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
It should have amounted to identification, but there was skepticism in the the armed party.Pariah Planet
Primmie seemed to discern a hint of skepticism even in the cough.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within a sleep.
I resist the skepticism of our education and of our educated men.
I know I love him, and no philosophy or skepticism can cheat me out of that love.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
Word Origin and History for skepticism
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