state of doubt

See: quandary
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With active fancy he wrought himself into a state of doubt little more easy than that of the man who has escaped from wreck by night and stands on unknown ground in the darkness.
All these thoughts had occurred to him many times already; often had he tried to argue and reason; and again he had reached the old state of doubt.
In a dreadful state of doubt and uncertainty, the agonised young woman staggered to the gate, and then, exchanging her faltering walk for a swift run, returned by the most devious and complicated route she could think of, to the domicile of the Jew.
In this state of doubt I have ventured on opening the locket, and my hesitation is naturally increased.
I could not help looking at the fire, in an obvious state of doubt.
Now that the state of doubt was over, I felt, for many days, like one in a dream.
Little by little, under this action, any apprehensions about the safety of the Diamond which you might have felt during the day would be liable to develop themselves from the state of doubt to the state of certainty--would impel you into practical action to preserve the jewel--would direct your steps, with that motive in view, into the room which you entered-- and would guide your hand to the drawers of the cabinet, until you had found the drawer which held the stone.
Anything would be better than this dreadful state of doubt.
With that unaccountable attraction of the mind to trifles, which is often incidental to a state of doubt and confusion, the Carrier as he walked slowly to and fro, found himself mentally repeating even these absurd words, many times.
Le Monde said that Algeria is also in a state of doubt linked to the succession of Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has been in power since 1999, noting that "no one forgets the social explosion of 1988, which opened a decade of turmoil.
As infallibility is a state of certainty, which does not admit of error, so fallibility is a state of doubt, which does not admit of conviction.
We want to put them in a state of doubt, to destabilize them so that they question the footage in front of them.