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From abortion +‎ -ist.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /əˈbɔɹ.ʃə.nɪst/
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abortionist (plural abortionists)

  1. (now sometimes offensive) A person who performs abortions, especially illegally or secretly. [from 1844]
    Synonyms: (rare) aborter, (historical, euphemistic) angel maker, (UK) jack-knife barber
    • 1844 March 26, New-York Daily Tribune:
      Mad. Restell, the celebrated Abortionist [is arrested].
    • 1848 October 7, “Morals and Murder – the Case of Eliza Wilson”, in The Medical Times[1], volume 18, number 471, London, page 373:
      The quack abortionist, with “a little knowledge,” impudently, remorselessly, and secretly employs his craft for filthy lucre’s sake, perpetrating one crime to conceal another, at which science and charity blush.
    • 1998, J. David Bleich, Bioethical Dilemmas: A Jewish Perspective, volume 1, Hoboken, New Jersey: KTAV Publishing House, →ISBN, page 277:
      Such a fetus is perfectly viable save for the act of the abortionist.
    • 2003, Mark Juergensmeyer, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 3rd edition, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, →ISBN, page 24:
      According to Bray, “there is a difference between taking a retired abortionist and executing him, and killing a practicing abortionist who is regularly killing babies.” The first act is in Bray’s view retributive, the second defensive.
    • 2005, Paul Krassner, One Hand Jerking: Reports from an Investigative Satirist, →ISBN, page 24:
      In 1962, when abortion was still illegal, I published an anonymous interview with Dr. Robert Spencer, a humane abortionist who was known as “The Saint.”
    • 2009, Dinesh D’Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative, →ISBN, page 191:
      [] a gruesome procedure in which the abortionist dismembers a child who could survive outside the womb.
    • 2009–2010, Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2010, review of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, page 146:
      Then she asks her to go first to meet the abortionist. Then she neglects to make a reservation at the hotel the abortionist specifies. That almost sinks the arrangement: The abortionist has experience suggesting that hotel will be a safe venue, and suspects he may be set up for a police trap.
  2. (chiefly derogatory) A person who advocates for or supports the legality of abortion.
    Synonyms: pro-abortionist, pro-choicer, (derogatory) pro-deather
    Antonyms: anti-abortionist, (derogatory) anti-choicer, (derogatory) fetus fetishist, (derogatory) forced-birther, pro-lifer, right-to-lifer

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