crisis actor

[ krahy-sis ak-ter ]
/ ˈkraɪ sɪs ˌæk tər /

noun

a professional or volunteer actor who plays a role in a staged drill in order to prepare or train first responders for a specific emergency scenario.
(in a false flag conspiracy theory) a person pretending to be a victim in a hoax attack.

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Origin of crisis actor

First recorded in 1975–80 in the sense “independent person, group, or state that engages in disruptive or hostile verbal or physical behavior in international relations”; defs. 1, 2 were first recorded in 2010–15
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