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Definition of the noun alienist

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noun - plural: alienists

  1. a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness

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  1. An expert in mental illness, especially with reference to legal ramifications.
  2. [obsolete] A psychiatrist or psychologist.


"Alienist" is a book by Laurence Janifer.


Alienist is an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist. Despite falling out of favor by the middle of the twentieth century, it received renewed attention when used in the title of the 1994 novel The Alienist by Caleb Carr.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alienist

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Google previewWorking for Wages (1998)

The Roots of Insurgency by Martin Glaberman, Seymour Faber

(An alienist is an old-fashioned term for someone who deals with mental problems.) But most of them relate to the control of a human being by an outside, or alien, ...

Google previewAdolescent Depression (2015)

A Guide for Parents by Francis Mark Mondimore, Patrick Kelly

But it was the French alienist (alienist is a nineteenthcentury term for a psychiatrist) Charles Lasègue who first captured the essential elements of this form of the illness: a “refusal of food” that becomes “the sole object of preoccupation and ...

Google previewThe Penalty Is Death (2002)

U. S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions by Marlin Shipman

Alienist is a term used to describe a doctor who has been accepted by a court of law as an expert to determine the mental condition of a defendant or witness.

Google previewViolence in the Contemporary American Novel (2000)

An End to Innocence by James Richard Giles

The Alienist is a complex and rewarding variation of the detective novel in which a psychologist, a scientist whose knowledge of the dark places of the human mind is alien to the kind of American optimism and faith in science embodied in ...

Google previewThe Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001)

by H. P. Lovecraft

An alienist is a physician brought in to determine the sanity of a patient. See The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (p. 91). 6 In the first publication of the story, this phrase read “etherwave apparatus.” This refers to the ancient concept of the ether ...

Google previewA Student's Dictionary of Psychology (2013)

by Nicky Hayes, Peter Stratton

alienist An ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words by Merriam-Webster, Inc

psyche *mind, intellect, soul, brain, intelligence, wit psychiatrist *neurologist, alienist, psychopathologist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst psychic *mental, intellectual, intelligent, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

alienor; alienist. Alienor ( = one who transfers property) is equivalent to grantor; it should be avoided where grantor or transferor will serve: "Conveying lands by means of a fictitious or collusive suit, ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary (1995)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc, Roger W. Pease, Jr.

alienist. tune — aMxratiiMiric X-'nur-ik, -•nyiir-X adj al-cap-ton-uria var of ALKAPTONURIA al-cwhol 'iil-ko-ihol' n 1 a : ethanol esp. when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors b : drink (as whiskey or beer) ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

alienor; ✳alienist. Alienor (= one who transfers property) is equivalent to grantor; it should be avoided where grantor or transferor will serve—e.g.: “Conveying lands by means of a fictitious or collusive ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2002)

by Raymond J. Corsini

See ALIENIST. MENTAL ILLNESS. alienation coefficient IkI See COEFFICIENT OF ALIENATION. Alienation Test IS. MaddiI A 60-item questionnaire designed to measure powerlessness. advemurousness. nthilism. and vegetativeness in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Homosexuality (2016)

by Wayne R. Dynes

In 1878, in a professional article in the Rivista di freniatria, dipsichiatria e di medicina legale, the Italian alienist Arrigo Tamassia introduced the term inveisione, which was quickly adopted into other languages as well as Italian to render the ...

Google previewPocket Medical Dictionary (1999)

by B. Jain Publishers Staff

Alienist, al'-yen-ist. One who treats mental diseases. Aliferous, al-if"-er- ous. Having wings. Aliform. al'-if-orm. Having the shape of a wing. Aliment, al'-im- ent.

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Scrabble value of A1L1I1E1N1I1S1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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