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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Appearing in Wisconsin last week, Mr. Obama didn’t mention Mr. Trump by name, but voiced incredulity over the president’s recent calls for a more civil tone. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Obama and Trump Jockey Over Legacy at Campaign Rallies," 2 Nov. 2018 The Hakes family, which owns the Happy Camper food cart across the street from ICE’s office, responded to the statement with incredulity. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "Anarchy Breaks Out in Portland, With the Mayor’s Blessing," 3 Aug. 2018 Far from perfect, the episode straddles between incredible and incredulity. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 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

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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