the·o·rist | \ˈthē-ə-rist, ˈthir-ist\

Definition of theorist 

: a person who theorizes

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The video Leach tweeted links to a YouTube video, which has been circulating for about four years among extreme right-wing conspiracy theorists and splices elements of a speech Obama gave in Belgium in 2014. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Mike Leach's tweet of an anti-Obama hoax showed why many schools won't hire him," 18 June 2018 Rather than just following the standard post-mass shooting script, Parkland students are firing back at right-wing conspiracy theorists and forcing ineffectual, NRA-sympathetic senators like Marco Rubio into an embarrassing defensive crouch. Luke Darby, GQ, "NRA Is Losing Major Sponsors and Partners Amid Calls for a Boycott," 24 Feb. 2018 Her Fourteen-year-old Stoneman Douglas student Lauren Hogg and her family are being targeted by conspiracy theorists. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "Kith’s Collaboration With Champion Is Worth the Hype," 23 Feb. 2018 Though his lyrics for the Grateful Dead will surely survive as long as there is an internet, his legacy as a cyber-theorist is inevitably more complicated, and well worth consideration. Jesse Jarnow, WIRED, "The Ghost of John Perry Barlow Lives in His Posthumous Memoir," 5 June 2018 The same was true for US conspiracy theorists, although a few other countries had similar correlations, including Singapore. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The politics dominating views on climate change is made in the USA," 8 May 2018 Although central banks largely ignored this work, its leading theorists retained influence within the profession—winning Nobel prizes, for example—and with conservative politicians. The Economist, "Economists still lack a proper understanding of business cycles," 19 Apr. 2018 But those who crowdsource their ethics are ignoring the work of professional moral theorists. Molly Driscoll, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ turns 50: Why HAL endures," 3 Apr. 2018 Conspiracy theorists often gather to compare notes at special symposiums, like one in 2012 at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University. Thom Patterson, CNN, "One JFK conspiracy theory that could be true," 21 Mar. 2018

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: a person who forms theories about something

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