spin doctor


: a person (such as a political aide) responsible for ensuring that others interpret an event from a particular point of view
spin-doctor verb

Examples of spin doctor in a Sentence

The spin doctors from both sides were already declaring victory for their candidates as soon as the debate ended.
Recent Examples on the Web When President Biden proposed an additional $24 billion in supplemental funding for Ukraine in August, Moscow spin doctors working for the Kremlin were ready to try to undermine public support for the bill, internal Kremlin documents show. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 In Spears’s time, managers operated variously as cult leaders or spin doctors, issuing editorials about their clients as opposed to repairing their bicycles. Andrew O’Hagan, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 For the Russian president, silencing him once and for all makes perfect sense, even if the Kremlin’s spin doctors try to deny it. Andrei Soldatov, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2024 Vadim Baranov, fictional Putin adviser, rose to great heights as the Kremlin’s spin doctor before resigning. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Tinger could have gone full spin doctor. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 The Kremlin spokesman and top Putin spin doctor could now have another tough story to sell to his countrymen: namely why his very own son may have refused the call to duty despite being a prime candidate. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2022 Eliza, a self-aware AI construct half-ECHELON, half-spin doctor, that crafts media output into a single subtle message. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2011 The late Princess Diana was a media mastermind, an unabashed spin doctor of her own wounded cause. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 13 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spin doctor was in 1984

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“Spin doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spin%20doctor. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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