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  1. skeptical attitude or temper; doubt.
  2. doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.
  3. (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 formsan·ti·skep·ti·cism, noun

Synonyms for skepticism

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1. questioning, probing, testing. 2. disbelief, atheism, agnosticism.

Antonyms for skepticism

2. faith. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for skepticism

also scepticism, 1640s, from skeptic + -ism. Specifically regarding Christian religion, from 1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

skepticism in Culture


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.

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