noun /ˈeɪlɪənɪzəm/
a) The fact or position of being an alien; alienage.
b) The study or treatment of mental disorders; psychiatry.
See Also: alienist

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  • Alienism — Al ien*ism, n. 1. The status or legal condition of an alien; alienage. [1913 Webster] The law was very gentle in the construction of the disability of alienism. Kent. [1913 Webster] 2. The study or treatment of diseases of the mind. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alienism — [āl′yən iz΄əm, āl′ē ən iz΄əm] n. 1. alienage 2. former name for PSYCHIATRY …   English World dictionary

  • alienism —   n. obsolete, study of mental disease.    ♦ alienist, n. obsolete expert in alienism;   American, psychiatrist specialising in legal aspects of mental illness …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • alienism — noun Date: 1808 alienage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alienism — /ayl yeuh niz euhm, ay lee euh /, n. alienage. [1800 10, Amer.; ALIEN + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • alienism — n. study of mental illnesses in relation to legal matters; alienage, state of being an alien or foreigner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alienism — alien·ism …   English syllables

  • alienism — al•ien•ism [[t]ˈeɪl yəˌnɪz əm, ˈeɪ li ə [/t]] n. gov alienage • Etymology: 1800–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • alienism — /eyKDyanizam/ The state, condition, or character of an alien …   Black's law dictionary

  • alienism — Alienage, that is the condition of being an alien; also, the field in which an alienist practices …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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