Skepticism and Shrinking the Shrink


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;

universal doubt;

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

Copyright 1951

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