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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

Alternative definition of the noun alienist


  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.

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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 previewProfiling Violent Crimes (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Alienist is an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist. Despite falling out of favor by the middle of the twentieth century, it received ...

Google previewWhere All the Ladders Start (2013)

Twentieth Century Western Culture (1895 to 1940) in Literature and Film by Garry Leonard, Deirdre Flynn

An alienist is a psychiatrist. This is interesting given our discussion of Freud's theory of the unconscious, which was being published just around the time of Heart of Darkness. It is thus a relatively “new” science that is already ...

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 previewThe Alzheimer's Solution

How Today's Care Is Failing Millions-and How We Can Do Better by Kenneth S. Kosik, Ellen Clegg

(Historically, the word alien connotes mental alienation or estrangement, and an alienist is a medical professional who deals with conditions, such as insanity, that result in alienation.) One year earlier, Albert Einstein published 86 The ...

Google previewA Student's Dictionary of Psychology (2013)

by Nicky Hayes, Peter Stratton

alienist An ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

See ALIENIST, MENTAL ILLNESS. alienation coefficient (k) See COEFFICIENT OF ALIENATION. Alienation Test (S. Maddi) A 60-item questionnaire designed to measure powerlessness, adventurousness, nihilism, and vegetativeness in the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Medicine and Surgery (1885)

over to the alienist.

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

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

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

Google previewThe American illustrated medical dictionary (1922)

by William Alexander Newman Dorland

[Carl Wernicke, German alienist, 1848-1005], See fissure, sign, etc.

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) ...

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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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