crisis actor

[ krahy-sis ak-ter ]

  1. 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.

  2. (in a false flag conspiracy theory) a person pretending to be a victim in a hoax attack.

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

Words Nearby crisis actor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024