[ viv-uh-sek-shuh-nist ]
/ ˌvɪv əˈsɛk ʃə nɪst /


a person who vivisects.
a person who favors or defends the practice of vivisection.

Origin of vivisectionist

First recorded in 1875–80; vivisection + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vivisectionist

  • I am in favor of vivisection unrestrained, so long as the vivisectionist knows what he is about.

    Damn!|Henry Louis Mencken
  • And in the half of him that consented lurked the vivisectionist that is in all of us.

  • The vivisectionist, for the sake of doing something that may or may not be useful, does something that certainly is horrible.

    All Things Considered|G. K. Chesterton
  • He specialized as a vivisectionist, and he was a great authority.

    Nothing But the Truth|Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for vivisectionist


/ (ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkʃənɪst) /


a person who practises vivisection
a person who advocates the practice of vivisection as being useful or necessary to science

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