the·​o·​rist | \ ˈthē-ə-rist How to pronounce theorist (audio) , ˈthir-ist \

Definition of theorist

: a person who theorizes

Examples of theorist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What about Alex Jones, the Infowars conspiracy theorist? Washington Post, "Politico’s revolt over Ben Shapiro guest-hosting Playbook went too far," 15 Jan. 2021 It has been widely shared, including by the pro-Trump lawyer turned-turned-conspiracy-theorist Lin Wood. Vera Bergengruen, Time, "'Our First Martyr.' How Ashli Babbitt Is Being Turned Into a Far-Right Recruiting Tool," 10 Jan. 2021 Wigner, a prominent quantum theorist, notes that the equations embedded in Newton’s laws of motion, quantum mechanics and general relativity are extraordinarily, even unreasonably effective. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Is the Schrödinger Equation True?," 7 Jan. 2021 Her father, Nickolas, a die-hard Communist, named her after Clara Zetkin, a German Marxist theorist. New York Times, "Klara Kasparova, Mother of Chess Champion and His Guide, Dies at 83," 31 Dec. 2020 Some detect the influence of Carl Schmitt, a German legal theorist whose ideas the Nazis used to justify unlimited executive power. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the U.S. Misread China’s Xi: Hoping for a Globalist, It Got an Autocrat," 23 Dec. 2020 In his famous Leviathan, the 17th-century theorist Thomas Hobbes argued that members of a political society should submit themselves to an absolute sovereign to preserve their lives and security. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Resisting the Leviathan: The Mayflower Compact," 11 Nov. 2020 Trump was asked repeatedly by NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie to disavow QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theorist group designated as dangerous by the FBI. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "From QAnon to 1994 crime bill: These questions from Trump, Biden town halls really lit up social media," 16 Oct. 2020 On Episode 17 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene speak with the historian and urban theorist Mike Davis about the decades of poor decisions in residential development and fire management that led us here. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Is California Doomed to Keep Burning?," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of theorist

1646, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Theorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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: a person who forms theories about something

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