- The word ultimately goes back to Greek skeptikos, from skeptesthai, 'to consider,' itself containing the 'seeing' element found in scope and words ending in -scope. A skeptic thus 'looks about,' or reflects on things.
The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.
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