Definition of sceptic in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈskɛptɪk
( • archaic & North American skeptic)


  • 2 Philosophy An ancient or modern philosopher who denies the possibility of knowledge, or even rational belief, in some sphere.
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    • Xenophanes was a sceptic who denied that knowledge could be obtained by us humans; at best we merely have beliefs, the truth or falsity of which will remain largely unknown to us.
    • Ancient sceptics are uninterested in carving out a position within philosophy; they think that philosophical reason will always undermine itself.
    • In antiquity, sceptics attacked the possibility of knowledge, but still needed to give some account of how they regulated their lives and opinions.
  • The leading ancient sceptic was Pyrrho, whose followers at the Academy vigorously opposed Stoicism. Modern sceptics have held diverse views: the most extreme have doubted whether any knowledge at all of the external world is possible (see solipsism), while others have questioned the existence of objects beyond our experience of them


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  • another term for sceptical.
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    • It's kind of sad that people are so skeptic and cynical of human decency.
    • Not to be skeptic or jealous, but I give it another two weeks.
    • We will see the sceptic side of him very much on display as he resists attempts to remove Britain's veto over tax and social security.


late 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): from French sceptique, or via Latin from Greek skeptikos, from skepsis 'inquiry, doubt'.

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