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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As usual, the draft's detractors and skeptics were outspoken, citing the prominence of in-house academies and other development pathways in addition to the allure of choosing one of those options overseas. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati bet big on the MLS SuperDraft. So far, it's been a smart gamble.," 3 July 2019 However, as many skeptics expected, things didn't work out at Los Blancos - as Benitez's preferred style of play, and management, just didn't fit in with the club's ethos and expectations., "Rafa Benitez: The Conqueror of La Liga Who Masterminded That Comeback in Istanbul," 1 July 2019 So when everything pointed to Child’s Play ’19 being a quick cash-grab, and original horror blazing a trail for the genre, how did the remake manage to win over so many skeptics? Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 Even some skeptics within the company said Farley gets the job done without fail. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A man who can build a car by hand leads Ford into future; 'He’s just never afraid'," 19 June 2019 Some skeptics thought the asteroid would hit us despite the scientists’ assurance, which is not unusual. Fox News, "Humans are probably safe from a catastrophic asteroid strike — for now," 12 June 2019 In the test, Stein said, skeptics were converted into believers. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart to begin direct to your fridge grocery delivery this fall," 7 June 2019 Eventually though, verified FRB signals from radio telescopes around the globe began to pile up, satisfying most skeptics. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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