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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But one delivery can turn someone from a skeptic into a believer. Bloomberg,, "Walmart wants to put groceries in your refrigerator while you’re out," 7 June 2019 New Jersey’s Frank Pallone, a noted skeptic of Trump’s efforts to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants, will now lead the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. David Roberts, Vox, "After the midterms, US climate politics are even more polarized. Here’s how Dems can move forward.," 12 Nov. 2018 However, skeptics point out that shorelines generally trace a mostly constant sea-level surface. Charles Q. Choi,, "Ancient Oceans on Mars May Have Been Older and Shallower Than Thought," 19 Mar. 2018 But Tetrick and his colleagues have dismissed their skeptics for failing to understand the company's full potential. The Washington Post,, "Could 'porridge' cure malnutrition in West Africa? Silicon Valley start-up says yes," 24 Feb. 2018 During the past few years, the CIA’s claim to having successfully tracked down Osama bin Laden through extensive intelligence work has come under scrutiny by a small group of skeptics. The New York Review of Books, "The Resurgence of Central Asia, Islam or Nationalism," 27 Mar. 2017 The experience made Gardner an early skeptic as Holmes went on to build Theranos into a $9 billion company, hiding the fact that its technology simply didn’t work. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "She saw through Elizabeth Holmes. Now Stanford professor is star in Theranos saga.," 3 June 2019 The good news is that the latest batch of self tanners, towelettes, and creams are anything but—and these testimonies from some former skeptics are proof. Glamour, "12 Self Tanners That Won't Turn You Orange, According to Glamour Editors," 15 May 2019 As skeptics in the cryptography community have repeatedly pointed out, the true Satoshi ought to have access to the cryptographic keys that control the first bitcoins—coins that have stayed put for a decade. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Did Satoshi Nakamoto Write This Book Excerpt? A Wired Investigation," 1 July 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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The first known use of skeptic was in 1587

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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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