skep·tic | \ ˈskep-tik \

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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Putting it on the social media accounts of prominent skeptics has a hint of preaching to the choir. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018 Senator Bernie Sanders, a longtime skeptic of the ACA who instead favors a Medicare-for-all system, became an outward face of the effort, holding rallies in states where Democrats were trying to peel away GOP support. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018 But a new study by a team that includes prominent Alzheimer’s scientists who were previously skeptics of this theory may change that. Pam Belluck,, "A common virus may play role in Alzheimer’s disease, study finds," 22 June 2018 South Korean skeptics of the North’s intentions have noted that denuclearization has been central in previous high-level negotiations without producing tangible results. Jon Greenberg, ajc, "PolitiFact: N. Korea has not promised denuclearization," 26 Apr. 2018 Spotify had a fairly unremarkable public debut as the market closed Tuesday, which is a win for the direct listing, given the doomsday scenarios imagined by skeptics of the music company’s plans. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Spotify’s first day of trading ended up being surprisingly normal — and that’s a win for the direct listing," 3 Apr. 2018 There's noted female athleticism skeptic, Stephen Miller, for example. Luke Darby, GQ, "GOP Celebrates All the Women Trump Has Given Jobs, Like His Daughter and Wife," 10 Mar. 2018 There is enough pasta in this room to convince even the most ardent skeptic of its italianità. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Friuli-Venezia Giulia Is an Italy Far Removed from Its Stereotypes," 7 Feb. 2018 James Madison, on the other hand, was a skeptic of this notion. Jay Cost, National Review, "Let’s Not Throw Out the Constitution," 29 Jan. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of skeptic

: a person who has or shows doubt about something

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