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.
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Recent Examples on the Web When the vocal skeptic of vaccines was first granted a visa to travel to Melbourne, many complained he was being given special treatment from a country known for its strict travel restrictions during the pandemic. John Pye And Rod Mcguirk, chicagotribune.com, 11 Jan. 2022 Djokovic, a vocal skeptic of vaccines, had traveled to Australia after Victoria state authorities granted him a medical exemption to the country’s strict vaccination requirements. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Djokovic, a vocal skeptic of vaccines, had traveled to Australia after Victoria state authorities granted him an exemption to the country’s strict vaccination rules. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Djokovic, a vocal skeptic of vaccines, had traveled to Australia after Victoria state authorities granted him an exemption to the country’s strict vaccination rules. John Pye, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2022 Defensive tackle Curtis Brooks, for example, came from Danville, Virginia as a skeptic. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 30 Dec. 2021 The 97-year old Berkshire Hathaway partner has long been a skeptic of cryptocurrencies. Roger Huang, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 But Pooh had a more serious mission: Converting a skeptic. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2021 The owner had a tarnished reputation for its operations in other countries, and Mr. Perriello had counted himself a skeptic. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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“Skeptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeptic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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