alienism

[eyl-yuh-niz-uh m, ey-lee-uh-]

Origin of alienism

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; alien + -ism
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Historical Examples of alienism

  • In spite of her friendly sympathy, he never felt so keenly his alienism as in her presence.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen


British Dictionary definitions for alienism

alienism

noun
  1. obsolete the study and treatment of mental illness
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