truther

noun

truth·​er ˈtrü-thər How to pronounce truther (audio)
plural truthers
: someone 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
… a so-called "truther," come to convince me that various gun massacres were staged by the federal government.Fred Grimm

Examples of truther in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Maui truthers, it can be found in the aforementioned Falcon 9 launch photo from May 2018. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2023 Decidedly not the former liberal feminist writer turned far-out Covid truther Naomi Wolf? Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 McMillan is — what’s the best way to put this — not a birthday truther. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2023 Carlos had found his ground-truthers. Joseph Polidoro, Scientific American, 6 Mar. 2023 Now This story might not convince a die-hard Deep State truther. Whitney Phillips, Wired, 24 Nov. 2020 Katie Hobbs won the 2022 gubernatorial race over 2020 election truther Kari Lake by a mere 17,000 votes; Mark Kelly, a charismatic former astronaut, won re-election with a shade over 51 percent of the vote. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 The front-runner for the Arizona gubernatorial nomination is a full-on election truther who is wielding her lurid conspiracy theories as a weapon in the primary. The Editors, National Review, 1 Aug. 2022 Halbig’s investigation, with its veil of earnest inquiry and Infowars’ endorsement, had reinvigorated the Sandy Hook truther movement. Amanda J. Crawford, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

2005, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of truther was in 2005

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Cite this Entry

“Truther.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truther. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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