or scep·ti·cism

[ skep-tuh-siz-uhm ]
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  1. skeptical attitude or temper; doubt.

  2. doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.

  1. (initial capital letter) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt.

Origin of skepticism

First recorded in 1640–50; from New Latin scepticismus; equivalent to skeptic + -ism

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Opposites for skepticism

Other words from skepticism

  • an·ti·skep·ti·cism, noun

Words Nearby skepticism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use skepticism in a sentence

Cultural definitions for skepticism


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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