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also sceptic , 1580s, "member of an ancient Greek school that doubted the possibility of real knowledge," from Middle French sceptique and directly from Latin scepticus "the sect of the Skeptics," from Greek skeptikos (plural Skeptikoi "the Skeptics, followers of Pyrrho"), noun use of adjective meaning "inquiring, reflective" (the name taken by the disciples of the Greek philosopher Pyrrho, who lived - .), related to skeptesthai "to reflect, look, view" (see scope ()). Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found. [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] The extended sense of "one with a doubting attitude" first recorded 1610s. The sk- spelling is an early 17c. Greek revival and is preferred in . As a verb, scepticize (1690s) failed to catch on.
The 20th and 21st centuries have been a great time of change for Spain, however Spanish literature has developed in a more stunted manner. There are no great literary movements during these years as each writer begins to develop their own individual style. The Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship gave rise to a number of generations of writers - Generation of '98, Generation of '14 and Generation of '27 - who helped to develop Spanish literature. Censorship was one of the major pressures on Spanish literature under Franco as it meant writers had to be much cleverer and more subtle in order to convey their true feelings.