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also scep·tic  (skĕp′tĭk)
1. One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions.
2. One inclined to skepticism in religious matters.
3. Philosophy
a. often Skeptic An adherent of a school of skepticism.
b. Skeptic A member of an ancient Greek school of skepticism, especially that of Pyrrho of Elis (360?-272? bc).

[Latin Scepticus, disciple of Pyrrho of Elis, from Greek Skeptikos, from skeptesthai, to examine; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, adj
an archaic, and the usual US, spelling of sceptic
ˈskeptical adj
ˈskeptically adv
ˈskepticalness n
ˈskepticism n
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or scep•tic

(ˈskɛp tɪk)

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.
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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skeptic - someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefsskeptic - 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
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also sceptic
One who habitually or instinctively doubts or questions:
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References in classic literature ?
But as for saints and relics and things, I fear I'm a bit of a Voltairian; what you would call a skeptic."
And it is ten times more so when to the schoolboy you add the skeptic, who is generally a sort of stunted schoolboy.
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. Once or twice, upon my venturing to express my total incredulity in respect to his pretensions, he grew very angry indeed, so that at length I considered it the wiser policy to say nothing at all, and let him have his own way.
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.
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.
In 2002, consultants Gary Williams and Robert Miller analyzed the decision-making styles of 1,600 American executives and classified them into five categories: charismatic, thinker, skeptic, follower and controller.
I don't know if I technically qualify as an agnostic or atheist or heretic; I like "skeptic." Aside from the occasional last-minute trip to synagogue on a high holiday, I gave up strictly observing Jewish holidays many years ago.
Hard to grasp, but true: Google and other large firms are donating large sums of money to the climate skeptic scene.
The case of the climate skeptic counterpublic in Germany was chosen to find out where and how members of the counterpublic are speaking out and how the mainstream responds to that.
For purposes of the present study, those who self-reported as 1 or 2 were assigned to the religious believer group and those who scored 6 or 7 were assigned to the religious skeptic group.
The viewpoint of the skeptic, which he notes that in general is the viewpoint of mainstream science, seems logical enough.
Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine and Director of the Skeptics Society, who has appeared on The Colbert Report and Larry King Live, will play the role of a skeptic tarot reader.