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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Le Pen, once considered a climate-change skeptic, wants to scrap subsidies for renewable energies. Thomas Adamson And Patrick Hermansen, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 Le Pen, once considered a climate-change skeptic, wants to scrap subsidies for renewable energies. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Le Pen, once considered a climate-change skeptic, wants to scrap subsidies for renewable energies. Thomas Adamson, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2022 The loss of the mines happened under the watch of President Barack Obama, consumed with Afghanistan and the Islamic State, and President Donald J. Trump, a climate-change skeptic committed to fossil fuels and the electoral forces behind them. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 Ohio’s Republican secretary of state, Frank LaRose, easily survived a primary challenge from John Adams, who denies that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election and ran as a full-throated skeptic of modern voting systems. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2022 Inhofe, an arch climate skeptic, addressed her two daughters sitting behind her. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 31 Mar. 2022 The most outspoken skeptic of the ethnic studies class has been school board President Chris Arend, a prominent Republican in San Luis Obispo County. Jason Armond, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2022 Last week, Rogan also brought up the subject of race in an episode of his podcast with guest Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and climate change skeptic. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Skeptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeptic. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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