From the American Dictionary of the English Language
by Noah Webster 1828
~ This is the proper spelling in 1828 ~
SCEP/TICISM, n. [Fr. scepticisme.]
The doctrines and opinions of the Pyrrhonists
or sceptical philosphers;
the scheme of philosophy which denies the certainty of any knowledge
respecting the phenomena of nature
2. In theology,
a doubting of the truth of revelation,
or the denial of the divine origin of the christian religion,
or of the being, perfections or truth of God
From Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus
Copyright 1996 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
skep’ti-cism’ (-siz’em) n.
1 the doctrine that the truth in all knowledge must always be in ~ Question ~
2 skeptical attitude
3 doubt about religious doctrines
From The World Book Dictionary
Skep/tic (skep’tik). n.
a member of adherent of an ancient Greek school of philosophy
that maintained that real knowledge of things is impossible
skep/tic (skep’tik), n., adj.-n.
1 a person who ~ Questions ~ the truth of theories or apparent facts; doubter;
” The skeptic doth neither affirm, neither deny, any position; but doubteth of it “
( Sir Walter Raleigh)
2 a person who doubts or questions the possibility or certainty
of our knowledge of anything