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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Recent Examples on the Web Green bean casserole is one of the more divisive Thanksgiving dishes, but this recipe could easily convert the skeptics. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Prepare to be blown away by this semi-homemade green bean casserole," 14 Nov. 2019 An appetizer of pickled herring — three large fillets, rolled up, skewered, and propped on end amid a zingy Hungarian sauce of tomato, onion, and paprika — was sufficiently sumptuous to convert the herring skeptics at the table. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: At Staropolska in New Britain, huge portions of hearty authentic Polish fare, great for a cold winter night," 13 Nov. 2019 With a chapter about each sign, describing them as a friend, a lover, a public figure, a texter, a style icon, and in other, more impressionistic capacities, there’s enough to make even the most determined skeptics gasp with recognition. Mary Sollosi,, "The Astro Poets on the modern astrology craze, and why Britney Spears is 'a classic Sagittarius'," 30 Oct. 2019 Take inspiration from Prairie’s ability to get even the biggest skeptic on board with her plan. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "New Shows Put Women at Center of the Male-Dominated Fantasy Genre," 24 Oct. 2019 But if the Clippers are empty-handed in two years when both players can become free agents, the trade’s skeptics will have been proved correct. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "NBA preview: Plus-ones are the rage, from L.A. to Brooklyn," 20 Oct. 2019 On Saturday, Gabbard found fans among the many Clinton skeptics across Iowa, where Clinton barely won the 2016 caucuses against Sen. Bernie Sanders. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spat," 19 Oct. 2019 The longtime fintech skeptic doesn’t see why a startup would be any better at assessing creditworthiness or risk management than a traditional bank. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "As neobank valuations bubble up, some investors think there’s an even better bet in fintech," 18 Oct. 2019 But the stamp of approval did not sway the skeptics. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 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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The first known use of skeptic was in 1587

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8 Dec 2019

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“Skeptic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce skeptic (audio) \

Kids Definition of skeptic

: a person who has or shows doubt about something

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