Definition of alienist in English:


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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.’



/ˈālēənəst/ /ˈeɪliənəst/


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