credulous


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Synonyms for credulous

easily imposed on or tricked

Antonyms for credulous

disposed to believe on little evidence

showing a lack of judgment or experience

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I did not believe half of what she told me: I pretended to laugh at it all; but I was far more credulous than I myself supposed; otherwise, why did my heart leap up when a knock was heard at the front door, and the maid, who opened it, came to tell my mother a gentleman wished to see her?
This girl gazed with large blue eyes, credulous, when the megaphone man roared his doctrine that millionaires were things about which we should be concerned.
I throw out these queries for intelligent readers to answer, who know, at once, how credulous we are, and how sceptical, how soft and how obstinate, how firm for others and how diffident about ourselves: meanwhile, it is certain that our friend William Dobbin, who was personally of so complying a disposition that if his parents had pressed him much, it is probable he would have stepped down into the kitchen and married the cook, and who, to further his own interests, would have found the most insuperable difficulty in walking across the street, found himself as busy and eager in the conduct of George Osborne's affairs, as the most selfish tactician could be in the pursuit of his own.
These accounts, however, appeared, to many persons at that day--as they would to us at the present, but that we know them to be matter of history--so monstrous and improbable, that a great number of those who were resident at a distance, and who were credulous enough on other points, were really unable to bring their minds to believe that such things could be; and rejected the intelligence they received on all hands, as wholly fabulous and absurd.
As the credulous and excited traveler related the hazardous chances of the wilderness, the blood of the timid curdled with terror, and mothers cast anxious glances even at those children which slumbered within the security of the largest towns.
It is one of the enduring perplexities of the European witch hunts that some of the most learned and innovative thinkers of the era were also the most vehement and apparently credulous witchmongers.
Along the way he is obliged to confront the credulous reaction of Africans simply unable to comprehend this Tahoub's (Whiteman's) apparent mission - a longing to be involved with the music that he loves.
that journalism is a confidence game in which the reporter holds a stacked deck," and he also cites Malcolm's comparison of the journalist-subject relationship to a love affair: "Like the credulous widow who wakes up one day to find the charming young man and all her savings gone, so the consenting subject of a piece of nonfiction writing learns - when the article or book appears - his hard lesson." Malcolm also wrote, though Singer doesn't refer to it, that "the metaphor of the love affair applies to both sides of the journalist-subject equation, and the journalist is no less susceptible than the subject to its pleasures and excitements."
His other books include Now Don't Try to Reason with Me: Essays and Ironies for a Credulous Age (1970), A Rhetoric of Irony (1974), and Critical Understanding: The Powers and Limits of Pluralism (1979).
And Peter Maas, writing in the May 1993 issue of Esquire, argues that Summers may have been too credulous and slipshod in his research.
"Much recent research converges on a single point -- people are credulous creatures who find it very easy to believe and very difficult to doubt," Gilbert argues in an article scheduled for the March AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST.
Pinchwife, an overly jealous husband, brings his simple country wife, Margery, to London for the marriage of his sister Alithea to the credulous Sparkish.
He argues convincingly that the portrayal of Boy as a witch or familiar was originally invented by Cavalier writers to mock the credulous Parliamentarians as "utter dunderheads" (64).
But the fact that the world doesn't end on the day one prophet said it would never prevents the next from attracting a group of credulous followers.
It's quite simple, inmy opinion his books are not literature but fairy stories for the superstitious and credulous. If Tom is to be believed "the not quite dead" are shoulder to shoulder in all of Liverpool's roads, streets, alleys and buildings.