skepticism

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Skepticism \Skep"ti*cism\, noun [Cf. F. scepticisme.] [Written also {scepticism}.]

1. An undecided, inquiring state of mind; doubt; uncertainty.

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

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.

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.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

skepticism

noun

1: doubt about the truth of something [syn: {incredulity}, {disbelief}, {skepticism}, {mental rejection}]

2: the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge [syn: {agnosticism}, {skepticism}, {scepticism}]


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