The Collaborative International Dictionary
Alienism \Al"ien*ism\, n.
The status or legal condition of an alien; alienage.
The law was very gentle in the construction of the disability of alienism.
The study or treatment of diseases of the mind.
Alienism may refer to:
- An obsolete term for psychiatry, the study and treatment of mental illnesses
- Alien (law), a person who resides within the borders of a country and is not a national of that country
Etymology 1 n. The fact or position of being an alien; alienage. Etymology 2
n. (context archaic English) The study or treatment of mental disorders; psychiatry.
n. the quality of being alien [syn: alienage]
Usage examples of "alienism".
We don’t need to know everything about psychology, or alienism, or the history of all similar cases to finish this job.