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SKEPTIC. [See Sceptic.]




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SKEPTIC. [See Sceptic.]


SKEP'TIC, n. [Gr. σκεπτικος, from σκεπτομαι, to look about, to consider, to speculate; Sax. sceawian, to look about, to see, also to show. See Show.]

  1. One who doubts the truth and reality of any principle or system of principles or doctrines. In philosophy, a Pyrrhonist or follower of Pyrrho, the founder of a sect of skeptical philosophers, who maintained that no certain inferences can be drawn from the reports of the senses, and who therefore doubted of every thing. – Enfield.
  2. In theology, a person who doubts the existence and perfections of God, or the truth of revelation; one who disbelieves the divine original of the Christian religion. Suffer not your faith to be shaken by the sophistries of skeptics. – Clarke.

Skep"tic
  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. Of or pertaining to a sceptic or skepticism; characterized by skepticism; hesitating to admit the certainly of doctrines or principles; doubting of everything.
  3. 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.

  4. Doubting or denying the truth of revelation, or the sacred Scriptures.

    The skeptical system subverts the whole foundation of morals. R. Hall.

    -- Skep"tac*al*ly, adv. -- Skep"tic*al*ness, n.

  5. 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.

    * 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.

    Syn. -- Infidel; unbeliever; doubter. -- See Infidel.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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