attitude or temper; doubt.
doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.
(initial capital letter) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt.
Contemporary Examples

For all my scepticism, I had an unexpectedly romantic evening.
The Great Valentine’s Day Hangover Emma Woolf February 14, 2014

Historical Examples

Some say that the medical sect called Empiricism is 236 the same as scepticism.
Sextus Empiricus and Greek Scepticism Mary Mills Patrick

scepticism was not only in his conscious thought but in the very tissues of his mind.
Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

scepticism of Xenophanes — complaint of philosophy as unsatisfactory.
Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4) George Grote

There is no scepticism among the labourers now, I assure you.
City of Endless Night Milo Hastings

One can positively never be deceived if one mistrusts everything in the world, even one’s own scepticism.
The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler

He goes beyond facts in his scepticism, as they did in their idealism.
Meno Plato

To these elements of scepticism, conveyed to him from Jewish literature, others were added from without.
History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

There was a tinge of scepticism in his voice, though he tried to hide it.
Young Mr. Barter’s Repentance David Christie Murray

So far from disbelieving everything, scepticism went everywhere in search of truth and certainty.
English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake


also scepticism, 1640s, from skeptic + -ism. Specifically regarding Christian religion, from 1800.

In philosophy, the position that what cannot be proved by reason should not be believed. One of the main tasks of epistemology is to find an answer to the charge of some extreme skeptics that no knowledge is possible.


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