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incredulity

[in-kri-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being incredulous; inability or unwillingness to believe.
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Origin of incredulity

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

Synonyms

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disbelief, skepticism, doubt.

Antonyms

faith.
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Examples from the Web for incredulity

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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

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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