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Definition of sceptic (Meaning of sceptic)
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Sceptic Scep"tic, Sceptical Scep"tic*al, Scepticism
	  Scep"ti*cism, etc.
	     See {Skeptic}, {Skeptical}, {Skepticism}, etc.
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	  Skeptic Skep"tic, n. [Gr. skeptiko`s thoughtful, reflective,
	     fr. ske`ptesqai to look carefully or about, to view,
	     consider: cf. L. scepticus, F. sceptique. See {Scope}.]
	     [Written also {sceptic}.]
	     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.
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	     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.
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	              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.
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	     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.
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	              Suffer not your faith to be shaken by the
	              sophistries of skeptics.              --S. Clarke.
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	     Note: This word and its derivatives are often written with c
	           instead of k in the first syllable, -- sceptic,
	           sceptical, scepticism, etc. Dr. Johnson, struck with
	           the extraordinary irregularity of giving c its hard
	           sound before e, altered the spelling, and his example
	           has been followed by most of the lexicographers who
	           have succeeded him; yet the prevalent practice among
	           English writers and printers is in favor of the other
	           mode. In the United States this practice is reversed, a
	           large and increasing majority of educated persons
	           preferring the orthography which is most in accordance
	           with etymology and analogy.
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	     Syn: Infidel; unbeliever; doubter. -- See {Infidel}.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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