Definition of incredulity in English:



  • The state of being unwilling or unable to believe something.

    ‘he stared down the street in incredulity’
    • ‘Now, I'm sure that many readers' hair is standing on end with incredulity.’
    • ‘The idea was greeted with incredulity by people questioned by the Today programme near a crash hotspot in north London.’
    • ‘At present I mainly gaze upon it with a sense of incredulity and delight.’
    • ‘I read five paragraphs with incredulity and mounting horror.’
    • ‘The incredulity displayed is akin to watching a piano-playing chicken bang out Rachmaninoff.’
    • ‘The press just gaped with their jaws open and tongue hanging out in utter incredulity.’
    • ‘When it is propagated by a petroleum company, suspicion turns to incredulity.’
    • ‘The best way I can describe my reaction is some mix of puzzlement and incredulity.’
    • ‘Even at the time this pledge was made, the reaction was one of scepticism and incredulity.’
    • ‘Unlike many Americans, whose immediate response was incredulity, he says he knew instinctively that it was a deliberate act.’
    • ‘We are excused by ignorance or incredulity no more than by neglect.’
    • ‘Hawke persisted in it, despite a high level of incredulity, bordering on ridicule, in the media.’
    • ‘A brief glimpse of his story and it is easy to understand his incredulity.’
    • ‘It provides the answer to a question they asked me with genuine incredulity.’
    • ‘Then, to his horror, and no doubt incredulity, a dozen or so crabs appear and march toward him.’
    • ‘Athlete tests positive, athlete feigns disbelief and incredulity and throws questions in every direction.’
    • ‘This time, the looks Em and Mona exchanged were one and the same: utter incredulity.’
    • ‘Her expression is usually one of barely concealed incredulity.’
    • ‘The expression on her face caught between amusement and utter incredulity.’
    • ‘Mitchell returned my look of incredulity with one of her own.’
    disbelief, incredulousness, lack of belief, unbelief, lack of credence, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, lack of conviction
    distrust, mistrust, suspicion, questioning, lack of trust, cynicism, scepticism, wariness, chariness
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