the·​o·​rist ˈthē-ə-rist How to pronounce theorist (audio)
: a person who theorizes

Examples of theorist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sedgwick, who was also one of the great theorists of shame, saw the relationship between mother and child as a model for the isolation (and, more surprisingly, the possibility of intimacy) that shame can produce. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 More recently, theorists have begun using a new tool to calculate hadronic blobs: lattice quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 10 Aug. 2023 Preciado, a Spanish philosopher and theorist, clearly has good taste in formal influences: Jean-Luc Godard, the multi-layered investigations of Agnès Varda and Chris Marker. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 He’s considered one of the field’s most influential theorists. David Kushner, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 And, as noted, ALC ignores the centuries of natural-law theorists who, like Aquinas, endorsed the conclusion that the people hold ultimate political authority. J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 30 Aug. 2023 Yet theorists were rarely persuaded by any of the experiments and data. Elizabeth Finkel, Quanta Magazine, 24 Aug. 2023 In the 1960s, the British social theorist Richard Titmuss began to argue that blood should never be a commodity. Adam Gaffney, The New Republic, 16 Aug. 2023 This is not just the position of French theorists and post-truth relativists. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of theorist was in 1646

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“Theorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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the·​o·​rist ˈthē-ə-rəst How to pronounce theorist (audio)
: a person who theorizes
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