doubting Thomas

doubting Thomas
noun Etymology: Saint Thomas, apostle who doubted Jesus' resurrection until he had proof of it (John 20:24-29) Date: 1883 an incredulous or habitually doubtful person

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  • doubting thomas — A Doubting Thomas is someone who only believes what they see themselves, not what they are told …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • doubting Thomas — ► NOUN ▪ a person who refuses to believe something without proof. ORIGIN with biblical allusion to the apostle Thomas (Gospel of John, Chapter 20) …   English terms dictionary

  • doubting Thomas — [n] skeptic disbeliever, doubter, questioner, unbeliever; concepts 361,423 …   New thesaurus

  • doubting Thomas — n. [after the Apostle THOMAS1] a person who habitually doubts; chronic skeptic …   English World dictionary

  • Doubting Thomas — For the industrial band, see Doubting Thomas (band). The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio A Doubting Thomas is someone who will refuse to believe something without direct, physical, personal evidence; a skeptic …   Wikipedia

  • doubting Thomas —    A Doubting Thomas is someone who only believes what they see themselves, not what they are told.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A doubting Thomas is a person who will not believe something without proof, or without seeing it for… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • doubting Thomas — UK [ˌdaʊtɪŋ ˈtɒməs] / US [ˌdaʊtɪŋ ˈtɑməs] noun [countable] Word forms doubting Thomas : singular doubting Thomas plural doubting Thomases someone who will not believe something unless they see definite proof • Etymology: In the Bible, the apostle …   English dictionary

  • Doubting Thomas — [[t]da͟ʊtɪŋ tɒ̱məs[/t]] Doubting Thomases N COUNT If you describe someone as a Doubting Thomas, you mean they refuse to believe something until they see definite proof or evidence of it …   English dictionary

  • Doubting Thomas —    Normally used in third person reference of a sceptical person, but it occurs as a vocative in Like Any Other Man, by Patrick Boyle. A housekeeper says to a man who is in the room where she is working: ‘Doubting Thomas. Standing there surveying …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • doubting Thomas — noun 1. the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes • Syn: ↑Thomas, ↑Saint Thomas, ↑St. Thomas, ↑Thomas the doubting Apostle • Instance Hypernyms: ↑Apostle, ↑saint 2 …   Useful english dictionary

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