denialist

noun
de·​ni·​al·​ist | \ di-ˈnī(-ə)l-ist How to pronounce denialist (audio) , dē- \
plural denialists

Definition of denialist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who denies the existence, truth, or validity of something despite proof or strong evidence that it is real, true, or valid : someone who practices denialism For those of us who prefer to remain based in reality, the denialists represent a conundrum. Plenty of them are intelligent and educated—yet they just will not accept scientific findings as true.— Dan Hurley "Scientists tell them inconvenient things," said Jerry Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center, a centrist research organization, and former climate change denialist who now advocates for the acceptance of climate science.— Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer The AIDS denialists use pseudoscience and non-peer-reviewed Internet postings to bolster their false claims …— John Moore and Nicoli Nattrass

denialist

adjective

Definition of denialist (Entry 2 of 2)

: or, relating to, or characteristic of denialism or denialists the denialist movement denialist views/claims Denialist officials and commentators who throw up their hands and say "I'm not a scientist" are being disingenuous.— Eugene Robinson

First Known Use of denialist

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for denialist

Noun

denial + -ist entry 1

Adjective

denial + -ist entry 2

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“Denialist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denialist. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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