de·​ni·​al·​ism | \ di-ˈnī(-ə)l-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce denialism (audio) , dē- \

Definition of denialism

: the practice of denying the existence, truth, or validity of something despite proof or strong evidence that it is real, true, or valid This depressing tale is the latest incarnation of denialism, the systematic rejection of a body of science in favour of make-believe.— Debora MacKenzie He [Henry Puna] said climate change denialism jeopardised the future of Pacific countries: "Some are not willing to accept the stark realities."— Ben Doherty The problem of vaccine denialism is closely tied to the problem of information and authority in the digital age. People prone to skepticism can cover themselves with layers of pseudo-science and conspiracy theories that thicken and harden like papier mache.— Michael Gerson Getting accurate information across in the face of this science denialism is something of a minefield, as there is evidence that attempts to correct misinformation may backfire, further entrenching the beliefs of science deniers instead.— Cathleen O'Grady

First Known Use of denialism

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for denialism

denial + -ism

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“Denialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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