What does the word skepticism mean?

Usage examples for skepticism

  1. When I told him that he was a common nuisance, and that I had to work for him like a church- warden, he laughed as though it were a joke, and seriously told me it was all right, and he didn't mind my skepticism at all. – Esther by Henry Adams
  2. Animal desires and brute instincts grappled with intellectual convictions and spiritual aspirations; flesh and blood with mind and spirit; skepticism with trust; despair with hope. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss