incredulous vs incredible :

incredulous or incredible

“When Jessica said that my performance at the karaoke bar had been incredible, I was incredulous.” I hope Jessica was using “incredible” in the casual sense of “unbelievably good” but I knew I used “incredulous” to mean “unbelieving, skeptical,” which is the only standard usage for this word.

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  • a  not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving

  • a  beyond belief or understanding
    at incredible speed
    the book's plot is simply incredible
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  • Who do we trust with our secrets?
    I find it amazing that some Americans (along with other nationalities) find it incredulous that the U.S. government is monitoring telephone numbers and Internet addresses.
    June 18, 2013 - Berkshire Eagle
  • The fight of her life
    ‘I am past my expiration date,” says Valerie Harper, with a slightly incredulous smile. It’s a warm Tuesday in June. Harper, whom I have known since we were both soccer moms, is sitting in a cafe in Santa Monica, Calif., a few blocks from her home. She’s wearing...
    June 16, 2013 - New York Post
  • Don't Let The Band Names Scare You
    Wearing an incredulous grin and a skull-festooned T-shirt, Michael Gordon recalls the time he accidentally broke a dude's nose. It happened at last year's Las Vegas Death Fest, a multiday marathon of grisly, plasma-marinated metal that Gordon oversees
    June 13, 2013 - Las Vegas Review-Journal