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[skep-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈskɛp təˌsɪz əm/
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
1640-50; < New Latin scepticismus, equivalent to Latin sceptic(us) skeptic + -ismus -ism
Related forms
antiskepticism, noun
1. questioning, probing, testing. 2. disbelief, atheism, agnosticism.
2. faith. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It should have amounted to identification, but there was skepticism in the the armed party.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • 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.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I resist the skepticism of our education and of our educated men.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I know I love him, and no philosophy or skepticism can cheat me out of that love.

Word Origin and History for skepticism

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