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Variant of skepticism.


or scep•ti•cism

(ˈskɛp təˌsɪz əm)

1. skeptical attitude or temper.
2. doubt or unbelief regarding religion.
3. (cap.) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics.

skepticism, scepticism

a personal disposition toward doubt or incredulity of facts, persons, or institutions. See also 312. PHILOSOPHY. — skeptic, n., adj.skeptical, adj.
See also: Attitudes
the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics, especially the doctrine that a true knowledge of things is impossible or that all knowledge is uncertain. Cf. Pyrrhonism.Skeptic, Sceptic, n.
See also: Philosophy


The view that there is no certain knowledge without justification.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scepticism - the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledgescepticism - the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge
unbelief, disbelief - a rejection of belief


noun doubt, suspicion, disbelief, cynicism, incredulity, Pyrrhonism The report has inevitably been greeted with scepticism.


also scepticism
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skepticism (US) [ˈskeptɪsɪzəm] Nescepticismo m


[ˈskɛptɪsɪzəm] (British) skepticism (US) nscepticisme m


, (US) skepticism
nSkepsis f(about gegenüber)


skepticism (Am) [ˈskɛptɪˌsɪzm] nscetticismo


(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 ?
she maintained her bitter scepticism, and the curtain fell on her dancing recklessly with the others, after Armand had been sent away with his flower.
His frontispiece, boats attacking Sperm Whales, though no doubt calculated to excite the civil scepticism of some parlor men, is admirably correct and life-like in its general effect.
There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause: --through infancy's unconscious spell, boyhood's thoughtless faith, adolescence' doubt (the common doom), then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood's pondering repose of If.
He saw no more the deep eyes, but the voice came over him as a spirit voice, and, as in a sort of judgment vision, his whole past life rose in a moment before his eyes: his mother's prayers and hymns; his own early yearnings and aspirings for good; and, between them and this hour, years of worldliness and scepticism, and what man calls respectable living.
But Emma still shook her head in steady scepticism.
I was so hurt by her coldness and scepticism, that the tears rose to my eyes.
Whatever may be the limits or modifications of the powers of the Union, it is easy to imagine an endless train of possible dangers; and by indulging an excess of jealousy and timidity, we may bring ourselves to a state of absolute scepticism and irresolution.
Had Filby shown the model and explained the matter in the Time Traveller's words, we should have shown HIM far less scepticism.
But all at once, a propos of nothing, there would come a phase of scepticism and indifference (everything happened in phases to me), and I would laugh myself at my intolerance and fastidiousness, I would reproach myself with being romantic.
Nevertheless, there was a certain odd expression of sagacity that made Owen Warland feel as if here were old Pete Hovenden, partially, and but partially, redeemed from his hard scepticism into childish faith.
I know not whether it was scepticism or modesty, but Count Vogelstein had omitted every pictured plea for his rank; there were others of which he might have made use.
Scepticism was not only in his conscious thought but in the very tissues of his mind.