con·​spir·​a·​cist | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-sist How to pronounce conspiracist (audio) \

Definition of conspiracist

: one who believes or promotes a conspiracy theory

Examples of conspiracist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Babbitt’s personal journey, from run-of-the-mill Trump fan to radical conspiracist, has become a surprisingly common phenomenon. Vera Bergengruen, Time, "'Our First Martyr.' How Ashli Babbitt Is Being Turned Into a Far-Right Recruiting Tool," 10 Jan. 2021 This is also part of the alchemy through which Dwight Schrute—a misogynist in the age of Elliot Rodger, a conspiracist in the age of QAnon, a vigilante in the age of Kyle Rittenhouse—can read, still, as a joke. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Dwight Schrute Was a Warning," 29 Oct. 2020 The book is about how Benson became a conspiracist, and how his conspiracies affect the church today — the preppers, the Bundys. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: How did Latter-day Saints become so Republican?," 7 Oct. 2020 That's an uphill battle, though, when one of the candidates on the ballot is the nation's conspiracist-in-chief. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How We’ll Know the Election Wasn’t Rigged," 15 Sep. 2020 On August 14, a 90-minute video by Millie Weaver, a contributor to the far-right conspiracist site Infowars, went online, filled with claims of a deep state arrayed against President Trump. Clive Thompson, Wired, "YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories," 18 Sep. 2020 Burkman is longtime conservative lobbyist and recent conspiracist. Washington Post, "A fake FBI raid orchestrated by right-wing activists dupes The Washington Post," 15 Sep. 2020 But after Greene defeated Republican neurosurgeon John Cowan 57 percent to 43 percent in last week’s runoff election, Republican leaders welcomed the conspiracist with open arms. John Mccormack, National Review, "Another Virus Is Spreading," 23 Aug. 2020 Joseph Uscinski, a political-science professor at the University of Miami and a co-author of the book American Conspiracy Theories, notes how readily the internal logic of shows like Survivor can echo the power dynamics of conspiracist thought. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Paranoid Style in American Entertainment," 14 May 2020

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Conspiracist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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