From the American Heritage Dictionary:
skep·ti·cism, also scep·ti·cism
- A doubting or questioning attitude or state of mind; dubiety. See Synonyms at uncertainty.
- Philosophy The ancient school of Pyrrho of Elis that stressed the uncertainty of our beliefs in order to oppose dogmatism.
- The doctrine that absolute knowledge is impossible, either in a particular domain or in general.
- A methodology based on an assumption of doubt with the aim of acquiring approximate or relative certainty.
- Doubt or disbelief of religious tenets.
- An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others: the public cynicism aroused by governmental scandals.
- A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act: "She arrived at a philosophy of her own, all made up of her private notations and cynicisms" (Henry James).
- Cynicism The beliefs of the ancient Cynics.
I am a skeptic trying desperately not to become a cynic.