keyboard warrior

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keyboard warrior (plural keyboard warriors)

  1. (informal, derogatory) A person who behaves aggressively and/or in an inflammatory manner in online text-based discussion media, but at the same time does not behave similarly in real life, potentially due to cowardice, introversion or shyness.
    • 2021 January 17, Kevin Roose, “A QAnon ‘Digital Soldier’ Marches On, Undeterred by Theory’s Unraveling”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Others are newer converts who have only a vague idea how it all connects. There are law-abiding keyboard warriors as well as violent, unhinged radicals.
    Hypernym: troll

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