skep·​tic ˈskep-tik How to pronounce skeptic (audio)
: an adherent or advocate of skepticism
: a person disposed to skepticism especially regarding religion or religious principles

Examples of skeptic in a Sentence

Skeptics have pointed out flaws in the researchers' methods. You can believe in ghosts if you like, but I'm still a skeptic. He is a skeptic and a cynic.
Recent Examples on the Web Or will the world need to wait until the 2030s or beyond, as skeptics maintain. IEEE Spectrum, 3 June 2024 Without robust enforcement, skeptics argue, the code may lack the teeth needed to truly hold Justices accountable for ethical breaches. Nik Popli, TIME, 30 May 2024 Still, for this to have happened in Portland of all places is remarkable and telling, and ought to confirm for the remaining skeptics that, even in this fractious moment in our history, crime remains a fundamentally pre-political question. The Editors, National Review, 23 May 2024 That possibility becomes his fascination, as Fawcett and his men embark on multiple expeditions over the years to the displeasure of skeptics in his community. Kevin Jacobsen,, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for skeptic 

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Word History


Latin or Greek; Latin scepticus, from Greek skeptikos, from skeptikos thoughtful, from skeptesthai to look, consider — more at spy

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skeptic was in 1587

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“Skeptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


skep·​tic ˈskep-tik How to pronounce skeptic (audio)
: a person slow to believe or ready to question : doubter

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