Skepticism



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

It appears that even the president sensed his announcement would be greeted with skepticism.
SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson Tim Mak December 1, 2014

Vieira realizes this mission makes him the butt of an endless onslaught of skepticism and criticism.
Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid Nina Strochlic November 12, 2014

After Vietnam, it was axiomatic that the press would approach those in power with a skepticism verging on cynicism.
Nixon, Obama, and How We Lost Trust in the U.S. Government Stuart Stevens October 30, 2013

If his downfall leads to skepticism about his cause, it would be not just a scandal, but a tragedy.
The Greg Mortenson Case’s Fallout for Women Michelle Goldberg April 17, 2011

The audience, however, greeted the panelist with a healthy dose of skepticism.
The Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Revolution Sigal Samuel November 12, 2012

Historical Examples

The evidence, however, seems to me to stand against the skepticism expressed therein.
The Settlement of Wage Disputes Herbert Feis

Primmie seemed to discern a hint of skepticism even in the cough.
Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln

skepticism in a book did not disturb him; he could put down words against it.
The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor

I resist the skepticism of our education and of our educated men.
Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson

Miss Whitmore did not much like the skepticism in his tone, but she stood up, took quick, careful aim and fired.
Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower

n.

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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