in·​cre·​du·​li·​ty | \ ˌin-kri-ˈdü-lə-tē How to pronounce incredulity (audio) , -ˈdyü-\

Definition of incredulity

: the quality or state of being incredulous : disbelief

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Synonyms & Antonyms for incredulity


disbelief, nonbelief, unbelief


belief, credence, credit

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Examples of incredulity in a Sentence

The news of his death was met with expressions of incredulity. the teacher's incredulity about the claims in the essay proved to be well-founded

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Wilson polished off the 41-yard touchdown run with ease as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (guessing here) shook his head in incredulity. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "C.J. Beathard block excites 49ers, evokes Steve Young’s helmetless run," 30 Aug. 2019 Before his body was located, his family had expressed incredulity the search was taking so many days without results. Washington Post, "Body of French hiker in Italy found after 9 days," 20 Aug. 2019 This week, in living rooms, cafes and bars across Port Alberni, population 18,000, residents expressed incredulity. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy," 13 Aug. 2019 The parade was scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m., but was delayed for a few minutes by a car traveling slowly on Route 22 to the incredulity of parade spectators. Karie Angell Luc,, "‘It’s all about them,' a mom said of her kids at Lions Club Alpine Fest in Lake Zurich," 21 July 2019 Kai expresses no incredulity, and barely any interest. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Wu Assassins series lacks the Hong Kong cinema magic," 8 Aug. 2019 Zarif took to Twitter to criticize the sanctions in a message laced with sarcasm and incredulity. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "U.S. slaps sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as tensions rise," 1 Aug. 2019 Equipped with an audio guide, a walk through the space (an average visitor spends two hours here) is a wretchedly sorrowful one, eliciting tears and incredulity: How could human beings be capable of such blind hatred? Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "The Largest U.S. Exhibit Ever About the Holocaust Opens in Downtown Manhattan," 27 July 2019 Cue eye-rolls and barely concealed expressions of incredulity. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Italy Won the 2026 Winter Olympics Bid. Here’s Why That Could Be Trouble," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of incredulity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incredulity was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of incredulity

: a feeling that you do not or cannot believe or accept that something is true or real

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