alienism

[ eyl-yuh-niz-uhm, ey-lee-uh- ]
/ ˈeɪl yəˌnɪz əm, ˈeɪ li ə- /

noun

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Origin of alienism

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; alien + -ism
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Example sentences from the Web for 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
/ (ˈeɪljəˌnɪzəm, ˈeɪlɪə-) /

noun

obsolete the study and treatment of mental illness
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