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]:



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}]

The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.

PRIVACY Say "Hell No!" to the TPP. LEGAL TENDER DO NO HARM Caduceus FREEDOM OF THE PRESS FREEDOM of SPEECH FREEDOM FOR ALL economic opportunity We need better cryptography. FREEDOM FOR ALL Think BIG! Science The Law of The Land
Caduceus, Golden Key and Scales of Justice

Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:31:34 PM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)