From Latin *scepticus, only in plural Sceptici (“the sect of Skeptics”), from Ancient Greek σκεπτικός (skeptikós, “thoughtful, inquiring”), from σκέπτομαι (sképtomai, “I consider”), compare to σκοπέω (skopéō, “I view, examine”).
- (British spelling) alternative form of
- 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, New York, N.Y.: William H. Colyer, […], published May 1843, OCLC 10193956, (please specify |book=I or IV, or the page):
- When, across the hundredfold poor scepticisms, trivialisms and constitutional cobwebberies of Dryasdust, you catch any glimpse of a William the Conqueror, a Tancred of Hauteville or suchlike, — do you not discern veritably some rude outline of a true God-made King […] ?
scepticism n (uncountable)