I have a personality tick about words. I’ll look up interesting words in dictionaries to find out more about them.
- former term for psychiatrist.
- mainly US a psychiatrist who assesses the competence of a defendant in a law court.
Alienist \Al"ien*ist\, n. [F. ali[’e]niste.]
- One who treats diseases of the mind. –Ed. Rev.
Apparently the root is French noun aliéniste from Latin for doctors who treat mental patients.