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scep·tic

 (skĕp′tĭk)
n.
Variant of skeptic.

scep′ti·cal adj.

sceptic

(ˈskɛptɪk) or

skeptic

n
1. (Philosophy) a person who habitually doubts the authenticity of accepted beliefs
2. a person who mistrusts people, ideas, etc, in general
3. (Philosophy) a person who doubts the truth of religion, esp Christianity
adj
(Philosophy) of or relating to sceptics; sceptical
[C16: from Latin scepticus, from Greek skeptikos one who reflects upon, from skeptesthai to consider]
ˈscepticism, ˈskepticism n

Sceptic

(ˈskɛptɪk) or

Skeptic

n
(Philosophy) a member of one of the ancient Greek schools of philosophy, esp that of Pyrrho, who believed that real knowledge of things is impossible
adj
of or relating to the Sceptics
ˈScepticism, ˈSkepticism n

skep•tic

or scep•tic

(ˈskɛp tɪk)

n.
1. a person who questions the validity, authenticity, or truth of something purporting to be factual, esp. religion or religious tenets.
2. a person who maintains a doubting attitude, as toward values, plans, or the character of others.
3. (cap.)
a. a member of a philosophical school of ancient Greece which maintained that real knowledge of things is impossible.
b. any later thinker who doubts or questions the possibility of real knowledge of any kind.
adj.
5. (cap.) pertaining to the Skeptics.
[1565–75; < Late Latin scepticus thoughtful, inquiring (in pl. Scepticī the Skeptics) < Greek skeptikós, derivative of -skept(os), v. adj. of sképtesthai to consider, examine]

sceptic

sceptical
1. 'sceptic'

Sceptic is a noun. A sceptic is someone who has doubts about things that other people believe.

The sceptic may argue that there are no grounds for such optimism.
He will need to polish his arguments if he is to convince the sceptics.
2. 'sceptical'

Sceptical is an adjective. If you are sceptical about something, you have doubts about it.

Robert's father was sceptical about hypnotism.
At first Meyer had been sceptical.

The usual American spellings of 'sceptic' and 'sceptical' are skeptic and skeptical.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sceptic - someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefssceptic - someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
doubting Thomas - someone who demands physical evidence in order to be convinced (especially when this demand is out of place)
pessimist - a person who expects the worst

sceptic

noun
1. doubter, cynic, scoffer, questioner, disbeliever, Pyrrhonist He was a born sceptic.
2. agnostic, doubter, unbeliever, doubting Thomas a lifelong religious sceptic
Quotations
"I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything" [T.H. Huxley]

skeptic

also sceptic
noun
One who habitually or instinctively doubts or questions:
Translations
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kételkedõ
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skepticizmasskeptikasskeptiškai
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sceptic

skeptic (US) [ˈskeptɪk] Nescéptico/a m/f

sceptic

[ˈskɛptɪk] (British) skeptic (US) nsceptique mf

sceptic

, (US) skeptic
nSkeptiker(in) m(f)

sceptic

skeptic (Am) [ˈskɛptɪk] nscettico/a

sceptic

(American also skeptic) (ˈskeptik) noun
a person who is unwilling to believe. Most people now accept this theory, but there are a few sceptics.
ˈsceptical adjective
(often with about) unwilling to believe. They say apples clean your teeth, but I'm sceptical about that myself.
ˈsceptically adverb
ˈscepticism (ˈ-sizəm) noun
a doubting or questioning attitude. I regard his theories with scepticism.
References in classic literature ?
Though some skeptics smiled when told of Berg's merits, it could not be denied that he was a painstaking and brave officer, on excellent terms with his superiors, and a moral young man with a brilliant career before him and an assured position in society.
But as for saints and relics and things, I fear I'm a bit of a Voltairian; what you would call a skeptic.
But here the skeptic had the temptation of showing up a much more tremendous sham nearer home.
I cannot pretend to recount all that he told me, but I gleaned from what he said that he was the genius who presided over the contretemps of mankind, and whose business it was to bring about the odd accidents which are continually astonishing the skeptic.
Of course, it would have been best, all round, for Merlin to waive etiquette and quit and call it half a day, since he would never be able to start that water, for he was a true magician of the time; which is to say, the big miracles, the ones that gave him his repu- tation, always had the luck to be performed when nobody but Merlin was present; he couldn't start this well with all this crowd around to see; a crowd was as bad for a magician's miracle in that day as it was for a spiritualist's miracle in mine; there was sure to be some skeptic on hand to turn up the gas at the crucial moment and spoil everything.
Demanding and aggressive, skeptics are often feared by subordinates.
But there is a group that vehemently challenges this -- so-called climate skeptics.
Mainstream users, however, respond critically to them and challenge the skeptics within their own counterpublic.
Cool Skeptics," though always the smallest of the three groups, dipped even further to 19 percent compared to 26 percent in 2015.
Cool Skeptics have always been the smallest global warming segment, but at 19%, their numbers are diminished from 26% in 2015 and the high point of 28% in 2010.
The aftershocks are worse for the post-crash skeptics, affecting their financial attitudes and behaviors.
The justification for this hostility is that religious skeptics are allegedly filthy, corrupt, and foolish (Zuckerman, 2009).