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

Definition of theorist

: a person who theorizes

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At this point the imaginations of our very creative class of conspiracy theorists seem to dry up. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Conspiracy Theories about Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Don’t Make Much Sense," 12 Aug. 2019 Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder, who was one of the prominent disseminators of that theory, has been sued by Sandy Hook families in both Texas and Connecticut courts. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Sandy Hook attorney says YouTube's ban on hoaxer videos comes 'too late to undue the harm'," 5 June 2019 An entrepreneur invites scientists, a mathematics theorist and others to his jungle theme-park featuring dinosaurs regenerated from DNA. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 So is Joe really nurturing a generation of smarter, healthier, more worldly men, or an army of conspiracy theorists and alt-right super soldiers? Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019 In May, Facebook evicted seven of its most controversial users, including Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars, and Laura Loomer, a far-right activist. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "Shootings Renew Debate Over How to Combat Domestic Terrorism," 5 Aug. 2019 In the field of AI research, this is a clear breakthrough: Game theorists and computer scientists have been trying to design a machine that could beat humans at poker for decades. Nicolas Rivero, Quartz, "Facebook and the US Army funded an AI that can beat you at poker," 11 July 2019 Daniel Harlow, a quantum gravity theorist and black hole expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said such a scenario would be expected to add subtle structure to the spectrum of Hawking radiation. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "A ‘Sonic Black Hole' Could Help Solve a Cosmic Paradox," 30 June 2019 The families of other Sandy Hook victims are also suing conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones for promoting the theory Sandy Hook was a hoax. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father of Sandy Hook victim finds vindication in ruling against Dane County hoaxer," 21 June 2019

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: a person who forms theories about something

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