Most people are sceptics about the theory that aliens built the giant moai statues on Easter Island.
An example of a sceptic is an athiest raised in a devout Catholic family.
- Someone who is undecided as to what is true and enquires after facts.
- Someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs and claims presented by others, requiring strong evidence before accepting any belief or claim.
Sceptic is more commonly used in the British Commonwealth, while in the US skeptic is used instead.
From Latin *scepticus, only in plural Sceptici (“the sect of Sceptics"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÎµÏ€Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (skeptikos, “thoughtful, inquiring"), from ÏƒÎºÎÏ€Ï„Î¿Î¼Î±Î¹ (skeptomai, “I consider"), compare to ÏƒÎºÎ¿Ï€ÎÏ‰ (skopeÅ, “I view, examine").
- The sceptic would have denied both.
- A pupil of Nessus, or, as some accounts prefer, of Democritus himself, he was a complete sceptic. He accepted the Democritean theory of atoms and void and the plurality of worlds, but held a theory of his own that the stars are formed from day to day by the moisture in the air under the heat of the sun.
- But he was a philosopher as well, and apparently a sceptic. He is said to have rejected the Koran, to have denied the return to God, and to have regarded death as the end of existence.
- Hume is the most illustrious and indeed the typical sceptic of modern times.
- Blanco White, " the rationalist A'Kempis," who had dared to appear as " a religious sceptic in God's presence," had found a biographer and interpreter in Martineau's friend and colleague, John Hamilton Thom.