Definition of eugenics in English:


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plural noun

treated as singular
  • The study of how to arrange reproduction within a human population to increase the occurrence of heritable characteristics regarded as desirable. Developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century, especially after the adoption of its doctrines by the Nazis in order to justify their treatment of Jews, disabled people, and other minority groups.

    ‘In Erlangen, the University keenly promoted the science of eugenics.’
    • ‘Once you've got regulated breeding, it's a short skip to selective breeding - eugenics.’
    • ‘He devoted the latter part of his life to eugenics, i.e. improving the physical and mental makeup of the human species by selected parenthood.’
    • ‘Not today, anyway, though there have been times when it has: social Darwinism and eugenics made claims like that.’
    • ‘After World War I they were less sanguine about progress and more inclined to the hereditarian pessimism of eugenics.’
    • ‘Just to stop us getting too excited, we were cautioned by stories of eugenics and mutant pigs.’
    • ‘Racism and eugenics were very popular among Leftists in Hitler's day.’
    • ‘Clearly, contemporary views of heritability are populist market eugenics in a new form.’
    • ‘In the United States in recent years, interest in eugenics has centered around genetic screening.’
    • ‘And as you know eugenics is defined as the science of improving the qualities of the human race.’
    • ‘As the explosion in genetic research continued, the temptation of eugenics grew ever more alluring.’
    • ‘Although critics insist that eugenics was based on bad science, they often ignore the link to evolution.’
    • ‘It is easy to criticise the premarital medical examination on grounds of human rights, control, oppression, and eugenics.’
    • ‘He believes the history of eugenics is the history of government out of control, not geneticists.’
    • ‘A world not only of eugenics, but also of tight government control over all aspects of human reproduction.’
    • ‘His enduring fame, or infamy, rests on eugenics, which means, crudely, the selective breeding of humans.’
    • ‘Not only was eugenics said to be good science, it was also supported by Scripture.’
    • ‘It was a drastic form of eugenics, a desire to improve the race by eliminating genetic defects.’
    • ‘An example is the notion of eugenics, a painful memory in the history of science.’
    • ‘But the origin of eugenics was simply a desire to increase the odds that a child would be born healthy.’



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