Meaning of scepticism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskɛptɪsɪz(ə)m/

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(North American skepticism)
mass noun
  • 1A sceptical attitude; doubt as to the truth of something.

    ‘these claims were treated with scepticism’
    • ‘Come on, we all can do way better, despite my skepticism.’
    • ‘Some might see an undercurrent of religious belief in the book; others might see an undercurrent of skepticism or betrayed hope.’
    • ‘Similarly, some newcomers will hide behind some very unfair scepticism.’
    • ‘In the co-authored shadow of a book under review, however, his delicate skepticism toward tradition is not in evidence.’
    • ‘Modern scholars have treated the tradition with varying degrees of scepticism.’
    • ‘There is also reason to think such skepticism may be misplaced.’
    • ‘Against his mining record, scepticism about the sincerity of Reid's renewable energy embrace is perhaps not unwarranted.’
    • ‘Many religions discourage skepticism or critical examination of cherished precepts.’
    • ‘He finds the source of skepticism in the theory of abstract ideas, which he criticizes.’
    • ‘There is some skepticism, however, surrounding the prime minister's new-found "moral" leadership.’
    • ‘Naturally, skepticism abounded about the whole thing being a snow job.’
    • ‘Skepticism concerning Sadler's ability should be put to rest.’
    • ‘The skepticism extends to some of the 250,000 members of his own party.’
    • ‘German public scepticism about monetary union placed the German government in a strong position to negotiate the detail of monetary union.’
    • ‘Such scepticism seems especially relevant where suicidal terrorists are concerned.’
    • ‘Rous's first paper, which stated that viruses can cause cancer, was received with much skepticism.’
    • ‘Recent events have given a new edge to that scepticism.’
    • ‘In a world in which knowledge is power, whether we like it or not, thoroughgoing scepticism is not an option.’
    • ‘The problem is, however, that such radical scepticism involves a performative contradiction.’
    • ‘People less familiar with us looked at this with a healthy degree of skepticism.’
    doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, a pinch of salt, lack of conviction
    agnosticism, doubt
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  • 2Philosophy
    The theory that certain knowledge is impossible.

    ‘Cartesian scepticism’
    • ‘Nor has sensory skepticism hindered dogmatists from seeking absolute truth elsewhere, namely in Reason or Logic.’