scepticism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin *scepticus, only in plural Sceptici (the sect of Skeptics), from Ancient Greek σκεπτικός (skeptikós, thoughtful, inquiring), from σκέπτομαι (sképtomai, I consider), compare to σκοπέω (skopéō, I view, examine).

Noun[edit]

scepticism (countable and uncountable, plural scepticisms)

  1. (Britain) Alternative spelling of skepticism
    • Thomas Carlyle
      When, across the hundredfold poor scepticisms, trivialisms and constitutional cobwebberies of Dryasdust, you catch any glimpse of a William the Conqueror, a Tancred of Hauteville or suchlike, — do you not discern veritably some rude outline of a true God-made King [] ?