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 experience made Gardner an early skeptic as Holmes went on to build Theranos into a $9 billion company, hiding the fact that its technology simply didn’t work. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "She saw through Elizabeth Holmes. Now Stanford professor is star in Theranos saga.," 3 June 2019 The good news is that the latest batch of self tanners, towelettes, and creams are anything but—and these testimonies from some former skeptics are proof. Glamour, "12 Self Tanners That Won't Turn You Orange, According to Glamour Editors," 15 May 2019 As skeptics in the cryptography community have repeatedly pointed out, the true Satoshi ought to have access to the cryptographic keys that control the first bitcoins—coins that have stayed put for a decade. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Did Satoshi Nakamoto Write This Book Excerpt? A Wired Investigation," 1 July 2018 Some skeptics now wonder if their fire coverage would be changed again if the county faces a financial squeeze. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Julian station rebellion unresolved as fire season begins," 5 June 2019 Moustahsane stepping into the presidential seat for up to nine months is seen by some skeptics as a tactic to placate the IOC before a Rakhimov return. Graham Dunbar, The Seattle Times, "Boxing’s new leader steps into fight to keep Olympic status," 12 Apr. 2019 JPMorgan analyst Stephen Tusa has been one of GE’s biggest skeptics and his investment calls have had outsize influence on the company’s shares. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Shares Slump as Top Analyst Downgrades to ‘Sell’ Again," 8 Apr. 2019 There are still skeptics, particularly within the fashion industry, but maybe people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Will 2019 Be the Year We All Start Renting Out Our Own Closets?," 18 Mar. 2019 Back-channel skeptics Key officials at the State Department, which continued on a parallel track to work though North Korean diplomats in New York and sent envoys on rare trips to North Korea, were aware of the back channel. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. and North Korean Spies Have Held Secret Talks For a Decade," 21 Jan. 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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skeptic

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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

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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