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Definition of truther

: one who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy He isn't a 9/11 truther, as some erroneously allege, but he has his fair share of "out there" beliefs.— Felix Biederman But it is not flattering to be called a "truther." The term originated, as far as anyone can tell, to characterize people who embraced alternative explanations for the Sept. 11 attacks.— Mark Leibovich

Examples of truther in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now the party must deal with having as its nominee an election truther who approached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and spoke at a conference promoting QAnon and 9/11 conspiracy theories. Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 Last week, his show featured Alex Berenson, a former journalist and thriller writer who has risen to prominence as a Covid truther. Carlson is hardly alone on Fox, whose coverage of the vaccine has shifted markedly since Joe Biden became president. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2021 In blog posts on the popular conspiracy-theory website, people used the word truther as a matter-of-fact descriptor for several years. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2021 Apparently, Republicans in Georgia will send a QAnon-er, and 9/11 truther, to Congress. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 17 Aug. 2020 But on the internet, where anxiety is profitable and dramatic claims are shareable ones, a fireworks-truther community has taken shape within a matter of days. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 24 June 2020 Here's the Whole Story Behind the Ben Solo Challenge Inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The internet and all of its Titanic truthers loved the joke: Contact us at Melissa Locker, Time, 6 Jan. 2020 The average YouTuber isn’t Shane Dawson, however, and neither is the average moon landing truther. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, 24 June 2019 For all you Alabama truthers — the ones who have maintained for years that the Crimson Tide could beat the NFL's worst teams — enough already. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2019 See More

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2005, in the meaning defined above

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“Truther.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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