Skepticism

Skep"ti*cism

(?), n. [Cf. F. scepticisme.]
[Written also scepticism.]
1. An undecided, inquiring state of mind; doubt; uncertainty.
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That momentary amazement, and irresolution, and confusion, which is the result of skepticism.
Hune.
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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.
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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.
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Let no . . . secret skepticism lead any one to doubt whether this blessed prospect will be realized.
S. Miller.
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