Skeptic

Definition of Skeptic

Skep´tic
n.1.One who is yet undecided as to what is true; one who is looking or inquiring for what is true; an inquirer after facts or reasons.
2.(Metaph.) A doubter as to whether any fact or truth can be certainly known; a universal doubter; a Pyrrhonist; hence, in modern usage, occasionally, a person who questions whether any truth or fact can be established on philosophical grounds; sometimes, a critical inquirer, in opposition to a dogmatist.
All this criticism [of Hume] proceeds upon the erroneous hypothesis that he was a dogmatist. He was a skeptic; that is, he accepted the principles asserted by the prevailing dogmatism: and only showed that such and such conclusions were, on these principles, inevitable.
- Sir W. Hamilton.
3.(Theol.) A person who doubts the existence and perfections of God, or the truth of revelation; one who disbelieves the divine origin of the Christian religion.
Suffer not your faith to be shaken by the sophistries of skeptics.
- S. Clarke.
a.1.Of or pertaining to a sceptic or skepticism; characterized by skepticism; hesitating to admit the certainly of doctrines or principles; doubting of everything.
2.(Theol.) Doubting or denying the truth of revelation, or the sacred Scriptures.

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doubter, doubting Thomas, intellect, intellectual, pessimist, sceptic
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