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 As seen on Doan’s Twitch live stream of her attempt, the hula hoop drops to the floor unintentionally at about 58 hours, 24 minutes — much to Doan’s incredulity, as she can be seen covering her mouth with her hands in shock at the mistake. Ashley Boucher,, "Chicago Woman Hula Hoops for Over 75 Hours in Attempt to Break World Record — and She's Still Going," 22 Nov. 2019 Ohio State fans watched the replay countless times with growing incredulity and anger. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why officials negated Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller’s fumble return touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl," 29 Dec. 2019 Carlson expressed incredulity at the remarks of House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York City who invoked slavery and women's suffrage. Fox News, "Tucker Carlson: Democrats state every reason imaginable for impeaching Trump, from 'slavery' to immigration policy," 19 Dec. 2019 The Toffees paid £40m to lure him from Watford last summer, and the fee was met with some incredulity from sections of the media, who felt Marco Silva had vastly overpaid to bring him to Merseyside after just one season in the Premier League., "Richarlison Takes Huge Shot at Paul Merson as Everton Star Defends His Price Tag & Marco Silva," 3 Nov. 2019 Chandy explains the Indian public’s incredulity by drawing a comparison between the United States as an individualistic society and India as a collective society governed by group rules. David Roemer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone's Global Domination," 15 Oct. 2019 That was the kind of incredulity some of us felt Tuesday as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases that involve workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Of course it’s wrong to fire someone who is LGBTQ. What’s also wrong is that we still have to argue about it.," 9 Oct. 2019 Kee was honorably discharged after the war, on May 9, 1919, and returned to the United States, where he was met with a mix of admiration and incredulity. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants," 25 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of incredulity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Incredulity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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