Skepticism Skep"ti*cism, n. [Cf. F. scepticisme.] [Written also {scepticism}.] 1. An undecided, inquiring state of mind; doubt; uncertainty. [1913 Webster]

That momentary amazement, and irresolution, and confusion, which is the result of skepticism. --Hune. [1913 Webster]

2. (Metaph.) The doctrine that no fact or principle can be certainly known; the tenet that all knowledge is uncertain; Pyrrohonism; universal doubt; the position that no fact or truth, however worthy of confidence, can be established on philosophical grounds; critical investigation or inquiry, as opposed to the positive assumption or assertion of certain principles. [1913 Webster]

3. (Theol.) A doubting of the truth of revelation, or a denial of the divine origin of the Christian religion, or of the being, perfections, or truth of God. [1913 Webster]

Let no . . . secret skepticism lead any one to doubt whether this blessed prospect will be realized. --S. Miller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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