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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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 The central figure of the film is a professional skeptic and debunker named Phillip Goodman. Mike Scott,, "'Ghost Stories' movie review: Something ho-hum this way comes," 11 May 2018 Coaches in Lithuania didn’t understand why there were so many skeptics. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "How LaVar Ball's coaching feud and the Ball brothers' experience unfolded in Lithuania," 30 Apr. 2018 USA TODAY Sports Ramo Radoncic’s mother was a skeptic. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Gaming Team - and NBA - create bold eSports gambit," 29 Apr. 2018 Near-south-side alderman Pat Dowell (Third) is also a skeptic. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Is it time to bring point-to-point car share to Chicago?," 23 Jan. 2018 The State Department is quite Russia-skeptic, but Trump seems quite pro-Putin. Robert Hutton,, "U.K. Worries About What Trump Could Promise Putin," 28 June 2018 Hotez and a few other doctors, many of them pediatricians, have been taking on this vaccine-skeptic movement. NBC News, "Anti-vaccine hotspots on rise across U.S., study finds," 12 June 2018 Mattarella used his power to veto Euro-skeptic Paolo Savona from being Italy’s finance minister. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Hurricane Maria was far deadlier than we thought," 30 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


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Kids Definition of skeptic

: a person who has or shows doubt about something

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