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skepticism

skep·ti·cism

skepticism

 
pronunciation:
skheIp tih sih zm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: distrust or disbelief, or a general tendency to doubt and question.
The nutritionist's claim of finding a cure for the disease was met with intense skepticism in the medical community.
synonyms:
disbelief, distrust, doubt, mistrust, suspicion
antonyms:
gullibility
similar words:
leeriness, pessimism, uncertainty, wariness, wonder
definition 2: doubt of the possibility of real or absolute knowledge, esp. as a philosophical doctrine.
similar words:
cynicism, doubt, relativism
definition 3: doubt or disbelief of religious claims to truth; agnosticism or atheism.
synonyms:
agnosticism, atheism, unbelief
similar words:
apostasy, denial, disbelief, dissent, heresy