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Definition of "skeptic" [skep•tic]

  • One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions. (noun)
  • One inclined to skepticism in religious matters. (noun)
  • Philosophy An adherent of a school of skepticism. (noun)
  • Philosophy A member of an ancient Greek school of skepticism, especially that of Pyrrho of Elis (360?-272? B.C.). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skeptic" in a sentence
  • "Actually, the label skeptic gets applied with a rather broad brush in the rather vitriolic discussions at climate blogs."
  • "My question to Judith is how and why is the term skeptic hardly ever used anymore and only the perjorative term “denialist” used instead?"
  • "Next, putting quotation marks around the term skeptic is an ad-hom attempt to play the skeptic card."