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alienist (plural alienists)
- (dated) An expert in mental illness, especially with reference to legal ramifications.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], →OCLC, part I, page 201:
- ‘Are you an alienist?’ I interrupted. ‘Every doctor should be - a little,’ answered that original, imperturbably.
- 1923, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Creeping Man, Norton, published 2005, page 1644:
- “Speaking as a medical man,” said I, “it appears to be a case for an alienist. The old gentleman's cerebral processes were disturbed by the love affair.”
- 1927, P. G. Wodehouse, 'The Small Bachelor', Arrow, 2008, page 72
- There was probably not an alienist in the land who, having listened so far, would not have sprung at George and held him down with one hand while with the other he signed the necessary certificate of lunacy. But Molly Waddington saw deeper into the matter.
- (dated) A psychiatrist
an expert in mental illness
psychiatrist — see psychiatrist
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alienist m (plural alieniști)
Declension of alienist