doubting Thomas


doubting Thom·as

noun \-ˈtä-məs\

: someone who rarely trusts or believes things before having proof : a doubtful or skeptical person

Full Definition of DOUBTING THOMAS

:  an incredulous or habitually doubtful person

Examples of DOUBTING THOMAS

  1. She kept trying, hoping to prove all those doubting Thomases wrong.
  2. <an astronomer who enjoys taking the role of the doubting Thomas in debates with UFOlogists>

Origin of DOUBTING THOMAS

St. Thomas, apostle who doubted Jesus' resurrection until he had proof of it (John 20:24–29)
First Known Use: 1883

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