incredulous

adjective in·cred·u·lous \ (ˌ)in-ˈkre-jə-ləs , -dyə-ləs \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of incredulous

1 :unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true :not credulous :skeptical
2 :incredible 1
3 :expressing incredulity
  • an incredulous stare

incredulously

adverb

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—it is widely regarded as an error resulting from confusion with incredible, and its occurrence in published writing is rare.


Examples of incredulous in a Sentence

  1. "Afraid not." I made an expression to show that I was as incredulous about this as he was. —Bill BrysonI'm a Stranger Here Myself1999
  2. A tweed-encased fogey, he's allergic to technology, persnickety about language, and incredulous that anyone could object to his incessant smoking. —John PowersVogueMarch 1998
  3. He was greeted with incredulous laughter. —Robert M. HutchinsCenter MagazineSeptember 1968
  4. … no obstacle, no incredulous or unsafe circumstance … —William ShakespeareTwelfth Night1602
  5. She listened to his explanation with an incredulous smile.

  6. He was incredulous at the news.

  7. Many people were incredulous that such a small fire could have caused so much damage.

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Origin and Etymology of incredulous

Latin incredulus, from in- + credulus credulous

INCREDULOUS Defined for Kids

incredulous

adjective in·cred·u·lous \ in-ˈkre-jə-ləs \

Definition of incredulous for Students

:feeling or showing disbelief

incredulously

adverb


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