conspiracy theorist


plural conspiracy theorists
: a person who proposes or believes in a conspiracy theory
Distrust of the numbers is why one group of dissenters—government conspiracy theorists—grow during pandemics.Hank Campbell

Examples of conspiracy theorist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Online conspiracy theorists soon jumped into the fray. Donie O'Sullivan, CNN, 20 Nov. 2023 The full images have never been publicly released, even as conspiracy theorists seized on the shooting with claims that the murders had been faked, turning Newtown into a grim landmark in America’s break with reality. Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Against the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war, the Oct. 14 crash, which led to a murder charge against the driver, was taken up by conspiracy theorists, right-wing extremists and others on social media, whose rampant speculation was quickly shot down by police. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Joe Raedle/Getty Images Georgia prosecutors on Tuesday requested that Infowars host and major conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel testify in an upcoming trial for two of Donald Trump’s ex-lawyers. Ella Sherman, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 Peters is a far-right conspiracy theorist who has regularly demonized Jews and LGBTQ people but is perhaps best known for his extreme anti-vax positions and spreading other falsehoods about Covid-19. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 Gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon aired conspiracy theorists on her conservative talk show. Monica Potts, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2023 The conspiracy has taken hold among right-wing audiences in the United States on social media, with psychologist turned right-wing conspiracy theorist Jordan Peterson boosting it in a tweet late last year that has been viewed almost 8 million times. WIRED, 2 Oct. 2023 Ray Epps, an Arizona man that conspiracy theorists falsely claim led an FBI plot to orchestrate the January 6 insurrection, filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News in July. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conspiracy theorist was in 1961

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“Conspiracy theorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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