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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web What happened at the end of the 2004-05 season, Duncan’s eighth campaign, silenced those skeptics. Tom Orsborn,, "‘One of a kind’ Tim Duncan won’t get caught up in Hall of Fame hype," 13 Feb. 2020 The battle between Tesla believers and skeptics has captivated Wall Street. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "The Agony of the Tesla Bears: $8.4 Billion of Losses in Five Weeks," 9 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg Britain is getting ready to scale up negative-emissions technology Reuters Tesla's surge inspires fans to buy, skeptics to dig in, drives fear of missing out Calendar TUESDAY | FEB. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Brouillette touts new funding for cleaner coal plants," 7 Feb. 2020 Bolsonaro, a climate skeptic, has been criticized internationally for pledging to open the vital Amazon rainforest to development and agribusiness, and make major changes to the South American country’s environmental policy. Washington Post, "US energy secretary: Brazil showing commitment on climate," 3 Feb. 2020 Because of his size – 5-foot-10 and 207 pounds – there were concerns by some skeptics as to whether Murray would be able to hold up in the NFL. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Kliff Kingsbury has no intention of shelving Kyler Murray: If QB can play, he will play," 23 Dec. 2019 The goal, according to the lawsuit, was to pinpoint their insecurities and weed out skeptics. Nicole Hong, New York Times, "Nxivm ‘Sex Cult’ Was Also a Huge Pyramid Scheme, Lawsuit Says," 29 Jan. 2020 One of the first deliberate sound bites in American history, the slogan rationalized what people wanted to do for other reasons, without convincing skeptics. H.w. Brands, Washington Post, "John and Jessie Frémont’s story of gold, ambition and the American West," 24 Jan. 2020 With the help of a public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller (now BCW), Valspar crafted a plan to ask prominent BPA skeptics to study the chemical for endocrine effects. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies," 23 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'skeptic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about skeptic

Time Traveler for skeptic

Time Traveler

The first known use of skeptic was in 1587

See more words from the same year

Statistics for skeptic

Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skeptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for skeptic


How to pronounce skeptic (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on skeptic

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for skeptic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with skeptic

Spanish Central: Translation of skeptic

Nglish: Translation of skeptic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of skeptic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on skeptic

What made you want to look up skeptic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!