Alienist meaning

ālyə-nĭst, ālē-ə-
A physician who evaluates the competence of defendants to stand trial.
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Psychiatrist, esp. one who testifies in a court of law.
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An expert in mental illness, especially with reference to legal ramifications.
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Origin of alienist

  • Obsolete French aliéniste psychiatrist obsolete French aliéné mentally ill (from past participle of aliéner to estrange, make hostile, deprive of reason) (from Old French) (from Latin aliēnāre to deprive of reason alienate) French -iste -ist (from Old French –ist)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French aliéniste, from aliéné, for insane

    From Wiktionary