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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Both The Greatest Showman and Darkest Hour are conceived for skeptics, with directors Michael Gracey and Joe Wright (respectively) suspending disbelief in order to convey messages that are pertinent to our modern political-cultural tensions. Armond White, National Review, "The Greatest Showman," 19 Jan. 2018 The Whittle School is his rejoinder to the many skeptics and doubters. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 The idea for a crowdsourced accreditation system—not unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s recent algorithm-human idea for separating out misinformation on his own publishing platform—was, Musk assured skeptics, legitimate. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk Should Know Better," 29 May 2018 Italy sank deeper into political uncertainty as populist leaders pulled the plug on their attempt to form a government after the president rejected their choice of a euro-skeptic, Germany-bashing candidate as finance minister. John Follain,, "Italy’s Failure to Form Government Deepens Political Chaos," 28 May 2018 The idea that there was widespread scientific belief in the 1970s about a new ice age is common among climate change skeptics, though in reality scientific concern over global cooling was limited. Andrew Kaczynski And Nathan Mcdermott, CNN, "Trump's pick for top UN migration job gave misleading answers on tweets critical of climate change," 8 May 2018 Active parents who are partners, not skeptics, micromanagers, road blocks. Nicole Villalpando, ajc, "Teacher Appreciation Week: 5 things educators really want," 7 May 2018 There are skeptics, including 11,000 people who have signed a petition hoping to sink plans to launch the vessel. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Russia says its sea-based nuclear power plant is safe. Critics call it a ‘Floating Chernobyl’ for the Arctic.," 2 May 2018 Nick Martin, a battalion chief in Columbia, S.C., is another skeptic. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 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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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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