mentalist

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mental +‎ -ist

Adjective[edit]

mentalist (comparative more mentalist, superlative most mentalist)

  1. Of or relating to mentalism

Noun[edit]

mentalist (plural mentalists)

  1. A practitioner of mentalism.
  2. (slang) An insane person.
    • I'm Alan Partridge (TV series), To Kill a Mocking Alan
      Jed Maxwell: See you next week then. We'll have that pint.
      Alan Partridge: Yep.
      Jed Maxwell: ...go and see my brother.
      Alan Partridge: No way, you big spastic! You're a mentalist!
    • 2015, Andrew O'Hagan, The Illuminations, ISBN 9780571273676, page 39:
      In front a staff sergeant with the new Royal Caledonians was gassing about Scullion and the regiment. 'And this major's a total fucking mentalist,' he said. 'What's mental about him?' asked the lance corporal beside him.