Skeptic Skep"tic, Skeptical Skep"tic*al, a. [Written also sceptic, sceptical.] 1. Of or pertaining to a sceptic or skepticism; characterized by skepticism; hesitating to admit the certainly of doctrines or principles; doubting of everything. [1913 Webster]

2. (Theol.) Doubting or denying the truth of revelation, or the sacred Scriptures. [1913 Webster]

The skeptical system subverts the whole foundation of morals. --R. Hall. [1913 Webster] -- {Skep"tac*al*ly}, adv. -- {Skep"tic*al*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • skeptic — [skep′tik] adj. [L scepticus < Gr skeptikos, thoughtful, inquiring < skeptesthai, to consider: altered by metathesis < IE base * spek̑ , to peer > SPY] var. of SKEPTICAL: used esp. in philosophy n. 1. [S ] a member of any of the… …   English World dictionary

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