Definition of incredulous in English:



  • (of a person or their manner) unwilling or unable to believe something.

    ‘an incredulous gasp’
    • ‘On relaying this story some five hours later to my wife who is from Thailand, she was incredulous.’
    • ‘The essence of the audience's rising ire was bluntly summarised in an incredulous question from the floor.’
    • ‘Not for the first time on this unique voyage I felt incredulous that I was actually here.’
    • ‘Allie shot him an incredulous look like she couldn't believe what she was hearing.’
    • ‘The decision was greeted with incredulous howls from the gallery, with the eyes of some parents welling up with emotion.’
    • ‘If the thought happened to cross his mind, he would be incredulous: Ask Mrs Wood for the rent?’
    • ‘The doctor looked at the medication I'd been given and shook his head with a slightly incredulous look.’
    • ‘Like countless others, I am aghast and incredulous at the fact that the postal service to my house has all but collapsed.’
    • ‘They've been dealing with incredulous questions from the press and public ever since.’
    • ‘We were incredulous that such deep divisions were apparent in a profession that should be working together.’
    • ‘The incredulous reactions they got from riders were the same as well.’
    • ‘We enjoyed an excellent meal in a booth in an ersatz log cabin, then retired, dizzy and incredulous that we'd made it this far.’
    • ‘Pin is incredulous that rolling over loans that had been on the books for years could turn into a criminal activity.’
    • ‘Each time these arguments against have been countered with rational retort only for the excuse to be replaced by an incredulous one.’
    • ‘The passengers were incredulous when an announcement was made that free tea or coffee was available for them.’
    • ‘Staring blearily in the mirror on Sunday morning, I caught an incredulous glimpse of them.’
    • ‘Journalists were even more incredulous when the fishermen said it was a good deal and they were happy about it.’
    • ‘Although incredulous about Ray at first, she is now a total believer.’
    • ‘After a few moments of incredulous silence, he looked back at the book.’
    • ‘Astonishingly Gupta remains silent, acknowledges neither the shouting driver nor my incredulous stare.’
    disbelieving, unbelieving, doubtful, dubious, unconvinced
    distrustful, distrusting, mistrustful, mistrusting, suspicious, questioning, lacking trust, cynical, sceptical, wary, chary
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16th century: from Latin incredulus (from in- not + credulus believing, trusting, from credere believe) + -ous.