skeptical attitude or temper; doubt.
doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.
(initial capital letter) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt.
- an·ti·skep·ti·cism, noun
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How to use skepticism in a sentence
I also believe that we should always have a healthy skepticism of our institutions, of our politicians, and our government.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in government and policy | Rachel King | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
The idea that options buyers could drive extreme rallies in technology stocks — and push benchmark indexes to record highs — has drawn skepticism in the past.SoftBank stock slides after it’s unmasked as ‘Nasdaq whale’ | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 7, 2020 | Fortune
Harder to address is skepticism about corporations and governments tinkering with nature.
Let’s forecast only a partial comeback for the banks, combined with continuing skepticism about their future.Despite Warren Buffett’s selloff, bank stocks look like great buys in this market | Shawn Tully | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
For example, Shopify Studios may have been met with skepticism when pitching “I Quit” to show buyers at TV networks and streaming services.
In Romneyland, the super PAC is being met with real suspicion and skepticism.
But the senior Air Force official expressed deep skepticism that such a weapon could be both small and far-reaching.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets | Dave Majumdar | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It appears that even the president sensed his announcement would be greeted with skepticism.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson | Tim Mak | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
House and Senate skepticism of the program is at its highest point ever.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS | Tim Mak | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When I express skepticism that the beads are doing anything, I get pushback that the kids have been healthy since wearing them.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R. | Russell Saunders | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is intelligent, earnest young men of brains and capacity who are in special danger from the skepticism of the age.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
My face burned as though a whip had been laid across it when I recalled her frank skepticism of my ability to support a wife.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
skepticism is but a state of indecision which results from a superficial examination of subjects.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
His skepticism, therefore, may be said to have been the result of thought, not of passion.My Recollections of Lord Byron | Teresa Guiccioli
In Euripides, we see the first fatal symptoms of the skepticism and materialism which finally overtook the Greek stage.
Cultural definitions for skepticism
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