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skeptic--noun [C]
1.a person who doubts the truth or value of an idea or belief:

Eg1:People say it can cure colds, but I'm a bit of a sceptic.
Eg2:to convince the sceptics
sceptical, US skeptical--adjective
doubting that something is true or useful:

Eg1:Many experts remain sceptical about/of his claims.
noun [C or U]
an argument or disagreement, especially an official one between, for example, workers and employers or two bordering countries:
a bitter/long-running dispute
a border dispute
a pay/legal/trade dispute
They have been unable to settle/resolve the dispute over working conditions.
The unions are in dispute with management over pay.
verb [I or T]
to disagree with something that someone says:

-Few would dispute his status as the finest artist of the period.
-The circumstances of her death have been hotly disputed.
-[+ (that)] I don't dispute (that) Lucas' films are entertaining, but they haven't got much depth.
disputed adj

disputable adj
a disputed border/goal
disputed territory

Adj:not certain:
-It's claimed that they produce the best athletes in the world but I think that's disputable.
beyond (all) dispute
He is beyond all dispute the finest actor in Hollywood today.
in dispute
being doubted:
I don't think her ability is in dispute, what I question is her attitude.
open to dispute
not certain:
He says it's the best musical equipment you can buy, but I think that's open to dispute.
verb [T]
to face, meet or deal with a difficult situation or person:

-As she left the court, she was confronted by angry crowds who tried to block her way.
-It's an issue we'll have to confront at some point, no matter how unpleasant it is.
-I thought I would remain calm, but when I was confronted with/by the TV camera, I became very nervous.
noun [C or U]
a fight or argument:

-She actually enjoys confrontation, whereas I prefer a quiet life.
-There were violent confrontations between police and demonstrators.
confront sb with sth
phrasal verb
to tell someone what they do not want to hear, often because it is something bad that they have done or because it needs an explanation:

-I know it's her that made the error, but I don't want to confront her with it in case she breaks down.
verb [T] FORMAL
to obtain or produce something, especially information or a reaction:

-Have you managed to elicit a response from them yet?
-The questionnaire was intended to elicit information on eating habits.
-They were able to elicit the support of the public.
completely or immediately:

-I think cigarette advertising should be banned outright.
-The driver and all three passengers were killed outright.
outright adj[before noun]

-Outsiders are regarded with outright hostility.
-There was no outright winner in the election.
noun [C]
a brief interruption in a war or argument, or an agreement to stop fighting or arguing for a period of time:

-After years of rivalry, the two companies have UK agreed/US agreed to a truce.
-We've got to spend the weekend together, so we might as well call (= have) a truce.
-Following last month's riots, the two big gangs in Los Angeles have finally declared a truce, ending years of bloodshed.
-The fragile truce between the two sides is not expected to last long.
-Ab airfreight chief called for a "truce in the war of words" surrounding the cargo chaos at Chek Lap Kok
verb [T] FORMAL
to see, recognize or understand something that is not clear:

I could just discern a figure in the darkness.
It is difficult to discern any pattern in these figures.
adjective FORMAL
The influence of Rodin is discernible (= can be seen) in the younger artist.
There is no discernible reason (= one that can be understood) why this should be the case.