from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of skeptic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who is undecided as to what is true and enquires after facts.
- n. Someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs and claims presented by others, requiring strong evidence before accepting any belief or claim.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See skeptic, skeptical, skepticism, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc. See skeptic, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
We might help to promote a more constructive debate, however, by being "as explicit as possible about what we are talking about when we use the term sceptic".
If you instinctively interpret that sentence as a reference to the battle-scarred topic of climate change, then it is a mark of how successfully those opposed to the scientific consensus on climate change have appropriated the term sceptic ". army of Freedom of Information requesters currently swarming around climate science databases?
The difference by the way between a denialist and a sceptic is important.
Of all bores in the world, your quizzing, carping, text‑torturing sceptic is the worst - next to mule driving; and those confounded mules would bore a two inch auger hole through the meekness of Moses himself, were he their master.
A packed chamber gathered to hear Mr Bush, a long term sceptic of the world body, compare its founding charter to the religious texts of the Bible, Koran and Torah.
And it's spelt "sceptic" - it is the British Broadcasting Corporation, after all.
(As an aside, it also tells you why being a sceptic is such damn hard work.
Now, any scientist who dares to question the prevailing wisdom is marginalized and called a sceptic, when in fact they are simply being good scientists.
He may be known as a sceptic and a satirist whose pen is most often dipped in acid, and yet his prose, fiction or non-fiction, has always positively bounced with delight in life.
Any idea where my last two postings went? par5 (22: 28: 20): "The word sceptic comes from the latin root which means: 1) to analyze 2) to think through thoughtfully."