verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- doubly armed suture,
- doubting thomas,
- certainly: There is no doubt an element of truth in what you say.
Origin of doubt
The expressions doubt but and doubt but that occur in all varieties of standard speech and writing: I don't doubt but she is sincere. There is no doubt but that the charges will affect his career. Doubt but what occurs mainly in informal speech and writing: There is no doubt but what the rainy weather will hurt the crops.
Examples from the Web for doubter
Boehner, Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan "are all calling around to ask for support on the deal," observes a doubter.
The doubter does not hate his opponents; he sympathizes with them.Damn!|Henry Louis Mencken
But when the doubter is sure of this, then let him no longer silence his highest thoughts.The Arena|Various
They did not know that "sceptic" merely meant a doubter in search of evidence.Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)|George Jacob Holyoake
Word Origin for doubt
early 13c., "to dread, fear," from Old French doter "doubt, be doubtful; be afraid," from Latin dubitare "to doubt, question, hesitate, waver in opinion" (related to dubius "uncertain;" see dubious), originally "to have to choose between two things."
The sense of "fear" developed in Old French and was passed on to English. Meaning "to be uncertain" is attested in English from c.1300. The -b- was restored 14c. by scribes in imitation of Latin. Replaced Old English tweogan (noun twynung), from tweon "two," on notion of "of two minds" or the choice of two implied in Latin dubitare (cf. German Zweifel "doubt," from zwei "two").
early 13c., from Old French dote (11c.) "fear, dread; doubt," from doter (see doubt (v.)).
see beyond a doubt; cast doubt on; give the benefit of the doubt; no doubt; shadow of a doubt.