eu·​gen·​ic | \ yü-ˈje-nik How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \

Definition of eugenic

1 : relating to or fitted for the production of good offspring
2 : of or relating to eugenics

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Other Words from eugenic

eugenically \ yü-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Myron’s Diskobolos, the representation of masculinity in its dynamic aspect, was infamously appropriated by Nazis as their eugenic metric for beauty. Autumn Wright, Wired, "What Hades Can Teach Us About Ancient Greek Masculinity," 16 Jan. 2021 The Supreme Court upheld these laws by an 8-1 vote, in the infamous 1927 case Buck v. Bell, and as many as 70,000 Americans were sterilized for eugenic reasons in the 20th century. Adam Cohen, Star Tribune, "As Trump demonstrated in Bemidji, eugenics is making a comeback," 20 Oct. 2020 UC Berkeley is disavowing its eugenic research fund after a bioethicist and other faculty call it out. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California: Dodgers claim victory after 31-year drought," 28 Oct. 2020 From upholding segregation, eugenic sterilizations, and Japanese internment camps, the Supreme Court has made indefensible judgements before. National Geographic, "These women are fighting to uphold Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy," 22 Oct. 2020 No evidence has surfaced that Berkeley used the money for eugenic research. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: A confirmed conservative court," 27 Oct. 2020 But some researchers fear this gene screening work could be misapplied and used to further racist or eugenic thinking, even though race is a social, not a genetic, classification. NBC News, "A new way of predicting which kids will succeed in school: Look at their genes," 14 Oct. 2020 The 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell legitimized eugenic sterilization laws that were common in many states. Editorial Mankato Free Press, Star Tribune, "Allegations of secretive surgeries in Georgia are horrific," 29 Sep. 2020 Though ultimately discredited following the atrocities endured during multiple years of Nazi reign, eugenic theory was steeped in this sinister view of genetic governance, manifest destiny run amok. Jessica Helfand, Scientific American, "Darwin, Expression, and the Lasting Legacy of Eugenics," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of eugenic

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eugenic

Greek eugenēs wellborn, from eu- + -genēs born — more at -gen

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“Eugenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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eu·​gen·​ic | \ yu̇-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of eugenic

1 : relating to or fitted for the production of good offspring
2 : of or relating to eugenics

Other Words from eugenic

eugenically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \ adverb

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