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

Definition of theorist

: a person who theorizes

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Recent Examples on the Web These phantasms could influence familiar particles in several ways, according to Johns Hopkins University theorist and MAGIS collaborator Surjeet Rajendran. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "New Instrument Will Stretch Atoms into Giant Waves," 18 Jan. 2020 Gilberto Perez, who died in 2015, at the age of seventy-one, was one of the great scholars and theorists of the cinema. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Tribute to My Teacher Gilberto Perez and His Eloquent Philosophy of Cinema," 17 Jan. 2020 Over 1,800 years later, the political theorist and high-profile Catholic convert Orestes Brownson would cite that Scripture passage when criticizing the New England Transcendentalists. Stephen Mirarchi, National Review, "A Trove of Letters from Flannery O’Connor and Friends," 28 Dec. 2019 Bass said another interesting fact is that Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, was also an American journalist, travel writer, novelist, a political theorist and one of the highest paid female authors in that era. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "1850s home has a cabin, ties to 'Little House on the Prairie' - and 100 Santas," 12 Dec. 2019 Few writers take their adversaries more seriously than Robin, a political theorist best known for The Reactionary Mind. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019 Political theorists return with new urgency to old questions about challenges to the moral foundations of constitutional democracy. N.c., The Economist, "Conspiracy theories are dangerous—here’s how to crush them," 12 Aug. 2019 Conspiracy theories are everywhere, and conspiracy theorists are in the White House and Congress., "Clinton’s impeachment was nail-biter. Trump’s grip on GOP means his won’t be - The Boston Globe," 15 Dec. 2019 Conspiracy theories are everywhere and conspiracy theorists are in the White House and Congress. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Clinton’s Impeachment Was Suspenseful. Trump’s Grip on G.O.P. Means His Won’t Be.," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of theorist

1646, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Theorist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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: a person who forms theories about something

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