crackpot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crackpot a whimsically eccentric person
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Usage

In literature:

They'll think I'm a crackpot.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
We're under Holden's orders to cure a man of being a crackpot!
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In a speech to reserve officers at the War College in July, 1961, Mr. Barnett denounced "crackpots" who hunt "pinkos" in local colleges.
"The Invisible Government" by Dan Smoot
The crackpots were getting into the act, now, too.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Those who developed the Gunther Drive were crackpots until they got the first starship out into space.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
Hudson told us he knew the location of vast uranium deposits and we thought he was a crackpot talking through his hat.
"Project Mastodon" by Clifford Donald Simak
Just another crackpot inventor.
"With No Strings Attached" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)
My only fear was that they wouldn't come after me, and I might be written off as a crackpot.
"The Deadly Daughters" by Winston K. Marks
Projective telepathy had only been a crackpot's idea back then.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
That's for the birds, the crackpots.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
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In news:

To Save the Party, Republicans Must Excise the Crackpot Caucus.
Eloise Litz Loves Life As A 'Clown' and ' Crackpot '.
Edgar-winner Ford's (The Girl in the Glass) latest is a collection of horror, SciFi, fantasy, and mystery tales that emerge from the " crackpot palace" of the author's macabre imagination.
Debunking the right's crackpot sharia panic.
GOP hopefuls trafficked in crackpot sharia panic, with one exception: Romney.
But over the course of a few days, the Muslim world has allowed the hateful production by misguided American crackpots to become something far more dangerous: an excuse.
The Muslim world has allowed the hateful production by misguided American crackpots to become something far more dangerous: an excuse for violence.
Crackpot leftist Ryan Clayton crashed the Hating Breitbart premier in Washington DC last night.
A Half-Baked Art Business That Involves No Crackpots.
During the dot-com boom, a lot of crackpot ideas appeared on the scene, including the notion that the Internet would be the conduit for software applications.
One of the great things about our democracy is that any crackpot can petition the government for redress of grievances, no matter how large or small or pointless or dumb, and the government is free to ignore them.
" Holy Motors" is a crackpot film.
Nullification is the crackpot theory that states can reject federal laws.
Movies Holy Motors "Holy Motors" is a crackpot film.
I can only thank God that the whole concept of climate change put forward by a few crackpot scientists and scare-mongers is a myth.
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In science:

The endorsement system is apparently meant to eliminate “crackpot” papers.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
It is not clear to me that significant harm is done by letting a few misguided individuals post papers which some might regard as “crackpot”.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
Also, the line between “crackpot” and “brilliant but inarticulate” is not always clear.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
Special relativity has been so thoroughly integrated into the fabric of modern physics that its validity is rarely challenged, except by cranks and crackpots.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
Special relativity has been so thoroughly integrated into the fabric of modern physics that its validity is rarely challenged, except by cranks and crackpots.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
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