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 Greene, a conspiracy theorist who does not belong in Congress, has been no exception. The Editors, National Review, 27 Apr. 2022 The podcaster claims the media frenzy over anti-vax conspiracy theorist guests and his past use of the N-word has netted him two million additional subscribers. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2022 Such discourse has long percolated in niche far-right subcultures such as evangelical circles or QAnon conspiracy theorist spaces, within which LGBTQ people have long been accused of posing various dangers to children. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 To be sure, there are enough of these sorts of brutish battles going on in nature to make war-of-all-against-all theorist Thomas Hobbes smirk. Lee Alan Dugatkin, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2022 His mother is the legal scholar and critical race theorist Cheryl Harris, who teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 The new film features a global calamity, a governmental cover-up, a conspiracy theorist shouting in everyone’s face, a last-ditch space mission, and a lot of family drama unfolding on Earth while fiery rocks rain from the sky. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 In the Sumter County courtroom, Calhoun — his graying hair pulled back in a ponytail and his long beard finely combed — hardly came across as a fire-eating ideologue or wild-eyed conspiracy theorist. Chris Joyner, ajc, 4 Feb. 2022 The mega donation, which represented roughly 80% of Jones’ total cryptocurrency donations received to date, wasn’t the first massive influx of crypto received by the conspiracy theorist in recent years. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of theorist

1646, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Theorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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