Definitions and Examples of sceptically, cynically, suspiciously
Learn when and how to use these words with these examples!
In a manner that shows doubt or disbelief in something.
He listened sceptically to the salesman's pitch, not convinced by the claims.
In a manner that shows a belief that people are motivated purely by self-interest.
She cynically remarked that politicians only care about votes, not the people they represent.
In a manner that shows distrust or a belief that something is wrong.
He looked at her suspiciously, wondering why she was acting so strangely.
Key Differences: sceptically vs cynically vs suspiciously
- 1Sceptically implies a questioning attitude towards something, while naively implies a lack of questioning.
- 2Cynically implies a belief that people are motivated by self-interest, while naively implies a lack of awareness of this fact.
- 3Suspiciously implies a lack of trust or belief in something, while naively implies a lack of suspicion.
Effective Usage of sceptically, cynically, suspiciously
- 1Express Doubt: Use sceptically, cynically, and suspiciously to express doubt or disbelief in something.
- 2Critique Society: Incorporate these antonyms in discussions about society to critique the motivations of people or institutions.
- 3Develop Critical Thinking: Encourage learners to use these antonyms to develop critical thinking skills and question assumptions.
The antonyms of naively are sceptically, cynically, and suspiciously. These words convey a lack of trust or belief in something, which is the opposite of being naive. Use these words to express doubt, critique society, and develop critical thinking skills.