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skeptic

or scep·tic

[ skep-tik ]
/ ˈskɛp tɪk /
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noun

a person who questions the validity or authenticity of something purporting to be factual.
a person who maintains a doubting attitude, as toward values, plans, statements, or the character of others.
a person who doubts the truth of a religion, especially Christianity, or of important elements of it.
(initial capital letter)Philosophy.
  1. a member of a philosophical school of ancient Greece, the earliest group of which consisted of Pyrrho and his followers, who maintained that real knowledge of things is impossible.
  2. any later thinker who doubts or questions the possibility of real knowledge of any kind.

adjective

pertaining to skeptics or skepticism; skeptical.
(initial capital letter) pertaining to the Skeptics.

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Origin of skeptic

1565–75; <Late Latin scepticus thoughtful, inquiring (in plural Scepticī the Skeptics) <Greek skeptikós, equivalent to sképt(esthai) to consider, examine (akin to skopeîn to look; see -scope) + -ikos-ic

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3. See agnostic.

OTHER WORDS FROM skeptic

an·ti·skep·tic, nounnon·skep·tic, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH skeptic

cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic

Words nearby skeptic

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British Dictionary definitions for skeptic

skeptic
/ (ˈskɛptɪk) /

noun, adjective

an archaic, and the usual US, spelling of sceptic

Derived forms of skeptic

skeptical, adjectiveskeptically, adverbskepticalness, nounskepticism, noun
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