Meaning of alienist in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪlɪənɪst/

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former term for psychiatrist
‘On to this Stoker pasted some new-fangled psychiatric theory, derived from the French alienist Charcot, one of Freud's main precursors.’
  • ‘Theorists in the first period included travelers, military physicians, and alienists who examined Algerian lunatics and collectively found them less prone to madness than civilized Europeans.’
  • ‘On this side were the ex-physician to the viceroy of Egypt, Franz Pruner-Bey, the former Martinique physician Etienne Rufz de Lavison, and the alienist Louis-Jean Delasiauve.’
  • ‘The alienist says that Mr. Dundas is a severe melancholic.’
  • ‘The medical profession complained incessantly about the rules, and in lectures, articles and books alienists argued that they alone possessed the necessary qualifications to judge criminal responsibility.’


Mid 19th century from French aliéniste, based on Latin alienus ‘of another’ (see alien).