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incredulous Line breaks: in|credu|lous
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkrɛdjʊləs/

Definition of incredulous in English:


(Of a person or their manner) unwilling or unable to believe something: an incredulous gasp
More example sentences
  • On relaying this story some five hours later to my wife who is from Thailand, she was incredulous.
  • We were incredulous that such deep divisions were apparent in a profession that should be working together.
  • The essence of the audience's rising ire was bluntly summarised in an incredulous question from the floor.


16th century: from Latin incredulus (from in- 'not' + credulus 'believing, trusting', from credere 'believe') + -ous.

  • credit from mid 16th century:

    People first used the word credit (ultimately from Latin credere ‘to believe or trust’) to mean ‘belief’ and ‘trustworthiness’. The modern sense developed from the idea of, say, a shopkeeper's trust that a customer will pay for goods at a later time. Credere also gave us creed (Old English), credence (Middle English) , credential (Late Middle English), credible (Late Middle English), and incredulous (late 16th century). You can give credit where credit is due to show that you think someone deserves to be given praise. The earlier form of the saying was ‘honour where honour is due’, a phrase from the Bible, from the Epistle to the Romans: ‘Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.’



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkrɛdjʊləsli/
Example sentences
  • I position myself where I think the third carriage will stop but notice, incredulously, that my adversary does the same thing.
  • Shepherded up to the first floor, they arrived at the tall doors and stepped into the great sky-lit room to gaze incredulously around.
  • The skinheads looked at him incredulously, and not without a degree of sympathy.


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkrɛdjʊləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • She told me, much to my incredulousness, that she hasn't had a proper Maths teacher during the whole of her secondary schooling.
  • Her eyes narrowed at the incredulousness in his voice.
  • I'm telling you, I'm an exquisite shopper and your incredulousness says more about you than it does about me.

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