skeptic

noun
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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The Test Kitchen, a jewel-like destination restaurant, sits at the intersection of art and science with an ambitious tasting menu that’s dazzling enough to convert even the biggest degustation skeptics. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 Eventually skeptics would emerge to say that no, this was not a cow, but in a fact a steer. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Dueling employee petitions have revealed a deep divide within Google over China," 29 Nov. 2018 Some skeptics were made into true believers by Randle's bursts of productive energy, and reassured by the deft touch of his floor game. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Top 50 Players Available," 25 June 2018 Kerber has won over some skeptics by stressing that water-first is not always the right approach. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 Millions of people—skeptics and believers—would benefit from better answers to these questions. Sriya Iyer, WSJ, "The Marketplace of Faith," 27 Dec. 2018 Some copyright skeptics and fans of resale rights will doubtless applaud the ruling. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How a fight over Star Wars download codes could reshape copyright law," 23 Feb. 2018 Her struggles, of course, pale in comparison to how grateful Jennie Marie feels to get to share her passion with everyone — yes, even those vocal skeptics online. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'Mama Medium' Jennie Marie Doesn't Care If You Think She's Fake," 3 Dec. 2018 In the past decade, bitcoin has become a source of fascination for investors, speculators, true believers and skeptics around the world. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Bitcoin turns 10, Apple’s first $100 billion quarter?," 1 Nov. 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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skeptic

noun

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

skeptic

noun
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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