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One who stubbornly adheres to outmoded or discredited ideas.

[From the long-discredited belief that the earth is flat.]

flat′-earth′ adj.


informal a person who does not accept or is out of touch with the realities of modern life
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The flat-earth advocate, the voodoo priest, Pope Paul VI, may, after all, be right in their peculiar metaphysical notions.
Cameron's posturing and pandering to his flat-earth, climate-change-denying Tory MPs is threatening to kill off not only an emergent renewable sector but our chances of generating energy to keep our lights on
It seems the global warming battle has narrowed to flat-Earth warming.
Among matters the work satirizes are flat-earth cosmology, literal interpretation of the scriptures, censorship of heathen fables, human gullibility, Alexander the Great's courage, and Homer's account of the death of Achilles.
Trends taking hold without benefit of good evidence have been an enduring staple of the human condition since the flat-earth idea first caught on.
And no sooner has the Prime Minister administered a tongue lashing to the "behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics" than up pops a committee of MPs to confirm that building a third runway at Heathrow is a cracking idea.
Gordon Brown, who will attend the two-week, 192-nation Copenhagen summit, denounced "the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics" who challenged the prevailing view.
A fanatical anti-European ideology is triumphing over common sense in the Conservative Party as its leader turns in favour of racists and flat-earth climate-change deniers.
Imagine, without sepia and irony, the dust bowl: flat-earth, colored
His articles span the range from perpetual motion machines to creationism, the flat-earth theory, and Velikovskisms.