Alienist = Psychiatrist

Alienist = Psychiatrist

I have a personality tick about words. I’ll look up interesting words in dictionaries to find out more about them.

alienist

Apple Dictionary

  • former term for psychiatrist.
  • mainly US a psychiatrist who assesses the competence of a defendant in a law court.

Websters 1913

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.