the·​o·​rist | \ˈthē-ə-rist, ˈthir-ist\

Definition of theorist 

: a person who theorizes

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Some theorists add far-fetched elaborations: No terrorists were aboard, or the passengers were drugged. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking Myths About United Flight 93," 10 Sep. 2018 The megalodon species is extinct, although some conspiracy theorists claim that the predator is still roaming our oceans. Fox News, "Megalodon: Terrifying facts about this prehistoric monster," 9 Aug. 2018 Users had been putting pressure on Spotify to do something about Jones and his conspiracy-theorist content on the service. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Alex Jones podcast episodes yanked from Spotify over “hate content”," 2 Aug. 2018 The belief that YouTube suppresses radical views has become widespread among right-wingers and conspiracy theorists on YouTube, in part because YouTube’s standards for policing their content are quite opaque. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Conspiracy theorist vlogger arraigned for death threats to YouTube employees," 27 Sep. 2018 That’s inconvenient for an intersectional theorist like Ms. hooks. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "A Prophet for the ‘Social Justice’ Movement," 20 Sep. 2018 The canon of color theorists also includes a board game pioneer and an ornithologist. Alex Palmer, Smithsonian, "How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Color," 12 June 2018 Her Twitter feed was cluttered with rants about George Soros and retweets of conspiracy theorists, but the obvious bigotry of her Jarrett tweet managed to stick out immediately. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why ABC Finally Had to Cancel Roseanne," 29 May 2018 Hitler’s person, meanwhile, has appeared in the fantasies of all manner of conspiracy theorists who insist his body is a fake. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Scientists say Hitler died in WWII. Tell that to ‘Adolf Schuttelmayor’ and the Nazi moon base.," 20 May 2018

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: a person who forms theories about something

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