skep·​tic | \ ˈskep-tik How to pronounce skeptic (audio) \

Definition of skeptic

1 : an adherent or advocate of skepticism
2 : a person disposed to skepticism especially regarding religion or religious principles

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Interesting logic that, even a Sue skeptic like me, cannot support. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Dickinson Recap: All Too Well," 10 Feb. 2021 Trump has been a vocal skeptic of science, promoting unproven drugs like hydroxychloroquine and repeatedly asserting that the coronavirus would go away on its own. Zeke Miller, Star Tribune, "Plunged into virus 'dark winter,' Biden must lead US out," 19 Jan. 2021 The far-right leader was an early skeptic of the threat of the pandemic. Washington Post, "Brazil has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll. But Bolsonaro is as popular as ever.," 15 Dec. 2020 Even Chouhan, a skeptic on AstraZeneca, allows that the deal is likely to supercharge earnings growth in the next few years. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Why shareholders had a severe adverse reaction to AstraZeneca’s Alexion deal," 14 Dec. 2020 Gilbert Welch, the overdiagnosis skeptic, suggested keeping the flow of real-time data to a minimum. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "First Look: Apple’s New Fitness+ Streaming Workouts," 14 Dec. 2020 Pannell, a skeptic, says his Facebook feed is full of friends posting conspiracy theories that the vaccine is a tracking implant from the government. al, "Here comes the vaccine. But will Alabamians take it?," 6 Dec. 2020 His look-away-from-the-crowd nature once made a writer describe him as Alaska’s climate-change skeptic. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Over 6 decades in Alaska, this contrarian geophysicist has left an indelible mark on aurora studies and Arctic research," 28 Nov. 2020 In the early days of the pandemic, as the U.S. was beginning to lock down to try to contain the viral spread, Musk emerged as a vocal skeptic of the dangers of covid-19 and the need for restrictive countermeasures. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "Elon Musk, with cold symptoms, says his covid-19 tests are inconclusive: ‘Something extremely bogus is going on’," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of skeptic

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skeptic

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

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The first known use of skeptic was in 1587

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23 Feb 2021

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“Skeptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skeptic

: a person who questions or doubts something (such as a claim or statement) : a person who often questions or doubts things


skep·​tic | \ ˈskep-tik How to pronounce skeptic (audio) \

Kids Definition of skeptic

: a person who has or shows doubt about something

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