Can incredulous mean ‘incredible’?
Sense 2 was revived in the 20th century after a couple of centuries of disuse. Although it is a sense with good literary precedent—among others Shakespeare used it—many people think it is a result of confusion with incredible, which is still the usual word in this sense.
Examples of incredulous in a sentence
“Afraid not.” I made an expression to show that I was as incredulous about this as he was. —Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999
A tweed-encased fogey, he's allergic to technology, persnickety about language, and incredulous that anyone could object to his incessant smoking. —John Powers, Vogue, March 1998
He was greeted with incredulous laughter. —Robert M. Hutchins, Center Magazine,, September 1968
… no obstacle, no incredulous or unsafe circumstance … —William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, 1602
She listened to his explanation with an incredulous smile.
He was incredulous at the news.
Many people were incredulous that such a small fire could have caused so much damage.
Recent Examples of incredulous from the web
News that she was headed there leaked out to her incredulous teammates.
But since then—and perhaps aided by the wellspring of Donald Trump—Noah’s vision of The Daily Show has found its footing as an incredulous outsider’s look at the 2016 political meltdown.
And in an array of tones — even and calm at first, then at turns impassioned, incredulous and threatening —
Hubbard, 58, still seems incredulous that the team would give out a bobblehead of his likeness; his family is coming up from Atlanta for the event.
The emails pouring in from donors were incredulous.
After seven years as a pro, Isner himself is still a bit incredulous about it all.
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Origin and Etymology of incredulous
Latin incredulus, from in- + credulus credulous
First Known Use: 1579
INCREDULOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incredulous for English Language Learners
: not able or willing to believe something : feeling or showing a lack of belief
INCREDULOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of incredulous for Students
: feeling or showing disbelief
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