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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 ?
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.
On the other hand, the ancient and mediaeval logic retained a continuous influence over it, and a form like that of mathematics was easily impressed upon it; the principle of ancient philosophy which is most apparent in it is scepticism; we must doubt nearly every traditional or received notion, that we may hold fast one or two.
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.
You know, one of those uncouth new people one's so often coming across nowadays, One of those free-thinkers you know, who are reared d'emblee in theories of atheism, scepticism, and materialism.
'misterioso, misterios' altero!'--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.
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.
After a season of scepticism he had become a religious man, like the rest of his race, but in his own fashion, which was not at all the fashion of my grandfather: a Friend who had married out of Meeting, and had ended a perfervid Methodist.
But Emma still shook her head in steady scepticism.
Had Filby shown the model and explained the matter in the Time Traveller's words, we should have shown HIM far less scepticism. For we should have perceived his motives; a pork butcher could understand Filby.
He tried to think it all out; it was very exciting, since his whole life seemed concerned (he thought his decision on this matter must profoundly affect its course) and a mistake might lead to eternal damnation; but the more he reflected the more convinced he was; and though during the next few weeks he read books, aids to scepticism, with eager interest it was only to confirm him in what he felt instinctively.
But there are other facts not of such consequence nor so necessary, which, though ever so well attested, may nevertheless be sacrificed to oblivion in complacence to the scepticism of a reader.
If self-evidence is alleged as a ground of belief, that implies that doubt has crept in, and that our self-evident proposition has not wholly resisted the assaults of scepticism. To say that any given person believes some things so firmly that he cannot be made to doubt them is no doubt true.