incredulity
noun Date: 15th century the quality or state of being incredulous ; disbelief

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  • Incredulity — In cre*du li*ty, n. [L. incredulitas: cf. F. incr[ e]dulit[ e].] The state or quality of being incredulous; a withholding or refusal of belief; skepticism; unbelief; disbelief. [1913 Webster] Of every species of incredulity, religious unbelief is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incredulity — I noun amazement, denial, disbelief, discredit, distrust, distrustfulness, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, faithlessness, inability to accept, inability to believe, inconvincability, incredulousness, indisposition to admit,… …   Law dictionary

  • incredulity — (n.) disbelieving frame of mind, early 15c., from M.Fr. incrédulité, from L. incredulitatem (nom. incredulitas), noun of quality from incredulus (see INCREDIBLE (Cf. incredible)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • incredulity — disbelief, *unbelief Analogous words: doubt, dubiety, dubiosity, skepticism, *uncertainty Antonyms: credulity Contrasted words: certitude, *certainty, assurance, conviction: positiveness, cocksureness, sureness (see corresponding adjectives at… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • incredulity — [in΄krə do͞o′lə tē, in΄krədyo͞o′lə tē] n. [ME incredulite < OFr incrédulité < L incredulitas: see IN 2 & CREDULITY] unwillingness or inability to believe; doubt; skepticism SYN. UNBELIEF …   English World dictionary

  • Incredulity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Incredulity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 incredulousness incredulousness incredulity Sgm: N 1 skepticism skepticism pyrrhonism| =>! Sgm: N 1 want of faith want of faith &c.(irreligion) 989 GRP: N 2 Sgm: N …   English dictionary for students

  • incredulity — [[t]ɪ̱nkrɪdju͟ːlɪti, AM du͟ːl [/t]] N UNCOUNT If someone reacts with incredulity to something, they are unable to believe it because it is very surprising or shocking. The announcement has been met with incredulity... The Vicar looked at him with …   English dictionary

  • incredulity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of belief Nouns 1. incredulity, incredulousness, skepticism; want of faith (see irreligion); doubt, distrust, suspicion, suspiciousness, scrupulosity, unbelief, disbelief; sophistication,… …   English dictionary for students

  • incredulity — noun /ˌɪn.kɹəˈdjuːl.ɪ.ti/ a) Unwillingness or inability to believe; doubt about the truth or verisimilitude of something; disbelief. Wide went her eyes in wonder and incredulity, as she beheld this seeming apparition risen from the dead. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • incredulity — in|cre|du|li|ty [ˌınkrıˈdju:lıti US ˈdu: ] n [U] a feeling that you cannot believe something = ↑disbelief ▪ When she told her family she was gay, they reacted with a mixture of shock and incredulity …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • incredulity — noun (U) a feeling that you cannot believe something; disbelief: Matt s comment brought a look of complete incredulity to Jill s face …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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