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


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

Nearby words

  1. vivification,
  2. vivify,
  3. viviparous,
  4. vivisect,
  5. vivisection,
  6. vivo,
  7. vivyan,
  8. vixen,
  9. vixenly,
  10. viyella

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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