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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.]


n, adj
an archaic, and the usual US, spelling of sceptic
ˈskeptical adj
ˈskeptically adv
ˈskepticalness n
ˈskepticism n


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]
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


also sceptic
One who habitually or instinctively doubts or questions: