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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The skeptics who questioned the wisdom of this debt-fueled spending spree were drowned out by one magazine cover after another marveling at someone so young taking such breathtaking risks. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The skeptics point to Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers as prime examples of why Bush should stay in the bullpen. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Bush determined to start as Rangers pitchers, catchers report," 14 Feb. 2018 That may or may not silence a growing army of skeptics, including an army of short sellers with more than $10 billion dollars on the line. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Agility, Persistence, and Pain Behind Tesla’s Model 3 Manufacturing Turnaround," 1 July 2018 One of the most notable skeptics was Herbert Terrace, a behavioral psychologist who ran a primate sign-language experiment of his own in the 1970s. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Koko, the gorilla whose sign language abilities changed our view of animal intelligence, dies at 46," 22 June 2018 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

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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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