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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There have always been vocal skeptics of the dangers of asbestos, notably in industries that used the product heavily for insulation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 That requirement irritated Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert, who has been the court’s leading skeptic of Salazar’s preference for Axon. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Body camera bidding specs under Bexar spotlight," 8 June 2018 Still, there are skeptics of Europe’s ability to split from the United States. Washington Post, "As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good," 19 May 2018 Steyer’s third set of opponents are skeptics who see his vast resources as the symptom of a disease, not its cure. Max Abelson,, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Moorhead is the quiet, wounded soul who falls under the sway of the cult's inviting aura, and Benson is the protective, anger-prone skeptic. Akiva Gottlieb,, "Filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's 'The Endless' combines horror and cosmic speculation," 6 Apr. 2018 But despite an army of skeptics and critics, there's no need to give up on Tebow’s baseball experiment. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow has shown signs he's improving as a baseball player," 11 June 2018 The only thing that might irk her just a little bit are the skeptics who won't even give her a chance to prove them wrong. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'Mama Medium' Jennie Marie Doesn't Care If You Think She's Fake," 3 Dec. 2018 But such skeptics may be ripe for conversion – now that the keen artistic awareness that insiders have long recognized in Lang Lang may well emerge with more regularity, if only because his younger self is still on the sidelines. David Patrick Stearns,, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 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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