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

Example Sentences

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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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 4 Dec. 2022.

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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