Those grappling with Brexit or President-elect Donald Trump’s recent victory now have a perfect descriptor for their feelings.
On Tuesday, Oxford English Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as its notable term of 2016.
— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) November 16, 2016
The adjective means: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
Though “post-truth” has existed for a decade, OED reported a spike in the term’s use, especially in relation to United Kingdom’s EU referendum and the United States presidential election.