Denial vs Skepticism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between denial and skepticism

is that denial is (logic) the negation in logic while skepticism is (us) the practice or philosophy of being a skeptic.




(en noun)
  • (logic) The negation in logic.
  • A refusal to comply with a request.
  • An assertion of untruth.
  • Refusal to believe a problem exists
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-28, author=(Joris Luyendijk)
  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.}}
  • (dated, psychology) A defense mechanism involving a refusal to accept the truth of a phenomenon or prospect.
  • * 2007 Feb. 11, " No facts, just emotion," Washington Times (retrieved 11 June 2013):
  • "Denial " came out of the therapyspeak prevalent in the middle of the 20th century, especially as it was applied to confronting the reality of mortality. It was popularized as the first stage of grief, and quickly expanded to include refusal to confront any bad news or disturbing ideas.

    Derived terms

    * non-denial denial




    Alternative forms

    * scepticism (Commonwealth English )


  • (US) The practice or philosophy of being a skeptic.
  • (US) A studied attitude of questioning and doubt
  • (US) The doctrine that absolute knowledge is not possible
  • (US) A methodology that starts from a neutral standpoint and aims to acquire certainty though scientific or logical observation.
  • (US) Doubt or disbelief of religious doctrines