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  1. a person who vivisects.
  2. a person who favors or defends the practice of vivisection.
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Origin of vivisectionist

First recorded in 1875–80; vivisection + -ist
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Examples from the Web for vivisectionist

Historical Examples of vivisectionist

  • And in the half of him that consented lurked the vivisectionist that is in all of us.

    Strictly Business

    O. Henry

  • He specialized as a vivisectionist, and he was a great authority.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • 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

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


    Henry Louis Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for vivisectionist


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