[in-kri-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-]


the quality or state of being incredulous; inability or unwillingness to believe.

Origin of incredulity

1400–50; late Middle English incredulite < Latin incrēdulitās. See incredulous, -ity

Synonyms for incredulity

Antonyms for incredulity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incredulity

amazement, skepticism, unbelief, doubt, wonder

Examples from the Web for incredulity

Contemporary Examples of incredulity

Historical Examples of incredulity

  • 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



lack of belief; scepticism
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Word Origin and History for incredulity

"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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