in·cre·du·li·ty | \ˌin-kri-ˈdü-lə-tē, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of incredulity 

: the quality or state of being incredulous : disbelief

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Synonyms & Antonyms for incredulity


disbelief, 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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For Harper, the next 52 minutes unfolded in a jumble of panic and incredulity: Who were these people? Why was she being targeted? Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A scary phone scam targeting Anchorage residents involves fake kidnappings, ransom demands," 9 July 2018 The goal sparked wild celebrations among the Senegalese players and incredulity among Poland's. Guy Jackson,, "Senegal beat Poland for first African win at 2018 World Cup," 19 June 2018 This combination of collective incredulity and individual ruthlessness effectively destroys England in five acts. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Obama’s Legacy Has Already Been Destroyed," 18 May 2018 Their instructions to chronicle a glorious victory were met with weary incredulity by Col. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Joseph Clemons Jr., hero of Pork Chop Hill, dies at 90," 22 May 2018 His life is an unambiguous open book for a minimally literate person to be able to read — mostly with disgust, contempt and incredulity. Jamshed Dastur,, "This is not who we are as Americans. Or is it?," 5 July 2018 Recent Europe Files If anything, traders seems to have greeted the proposals with incredulity rather than anxiety. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Italy’s Fanciful Coalition Draft Draws Investors’ Incredulity—For Now," 16 May 2018 Jackson says with the incredulity that foreigners often express when observing the current state of things in America. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Glenda Jackson, 82, on Sexism, Earning Your Wrinkles, and Cynthia Nixon's Run for Governor," 9 May 2018 There was breathless incredulity as Wonder Gadot drew neck and neck with Monomoy Girl in the lane, hope and indignation as the foul was lodged. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Foul or not, Wonder Gadot adds dramatic flair to Kentucky Oaks 2018 with runner-up finish," 4 May 2018

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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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