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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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
Recent Examples on the Web News of LeVine’s arrival at the Department of Labor, working at the forefront of Biden’s coronavirus recovery plan, sparked incredulity among her critics in Washington state. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden pick for unemployment program lost $600M to Nigerian scammers," 3 Feb. 2021 Richard Heene appeared to make a tongue-in-cheek reference to the incredulity of the situation in his comments to the Denver Post. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pardons parents convicted in 'balloon boy' hoax," 24 Dec. 2020 More than 50 lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign and allies have been jettisoned from court, with judges in some cases expressing incredulity at the evidence-free accusations. al, "Senators fighting Biden win evoke precedent that gave birth to Jim Crow," 3 Jan. 2021 More than 50 lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign and allies have been jettisoned from court, with judges in some cases expressing incredulity at the lack of evidence to support the accusations. Los Angeles Times, "Nearly a dozen GOP senators say they will object to electoral college results," 2 Jan. 2021 Those denials have been met with incredulity from Western and United Nations officials. New York Times, "Refugees Come Under Fire as Old Foes Fight in Concert in Ethiopia," 18 Dec. 2020 This incredulity has, in some ways, never really faded. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Haitian Revolution and the Hole in French High-School History," 3 Dec. 2020 That fact might help frame an appropriate response to the woman who asked me last week, with a tone of dubiousness and incredulity, whether such a seemingly cold extremist as Cotton might really contend next time for the presidency. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JOHN BRUMMETT: In Trump's footsteps," 14 Dec. 2020 The alarming deterioration of the situation is forcing officials to rethink their light-touch approach, which has been the object of both envy and incredulity around the world. Nils Adler, Los Angeles Times, "Sweden took pride in its light-touch approach to the pandemic. Now it’s reconsidering," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of incredulity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Incredulity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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