eu·​gen·​i·​cist | \ yü-ˈje-nə-sist How to pronounce eugenicist (audio) \

Definition of eugenicist

: a student or advocate of eugenics

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At worst, high school courses are still teaching things that race theorists and eugenicists from a century ago would have understood and applauded. Charles King, Time, "American Students Are Taught Racism Is Bad—But They're Still Not Learning the Truth About Race," 6 Aug. 2019 Illustrate the ways in which faulty scientific reasoning was used by the Nazis as well as by American eugenicists of the 1920s and 1930s. Charles King, Time, "American Students Are Taught Racism Is Bad—But They're Still Not Learning the Truth About Race," 6 Aug. 2019 How did fantasy, this whitest of literary genres, plagued by a history of eugenicist and racist ideas, produce this unlikely, fierce standom? Namwali Serpell, New York Times, "How Social-Media Meme-Makers Rescued ‘Game of Thrones’ From Itself," 6 June 2019 No one would dare suggest that feminist icon Margaret Sanger’s name be removed from awards, dinners, or monuments, given that by any modern standard she would be classified as a racist eugenicist. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 But Wells was a socialist, a pacifist, a eugenicist. David Wootton, WSJ, "‘Origin Story’ Review: The View From Above," 18 May 2018 According to that narrative, Asperger’s diagnosis saved children from the regime’s eugenicists, amounting to a kind of Schindler’s list. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "Once Viewed as a Savior of Children, Hans Asperger Is Now Called a Nazi Collaborator," 9 May 2018 At the Bussey Institute, geneticist—and eugenicist—C.C. Little was put in charge of Castle’s mouse colony. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The History of Breeding Mice for Science Begins With a Woman in a Barn," 20 Mar. 2018 To our ears, his screed can sound reactionary, or even eugenicist, although when Ibsen wrote the antimob sentiments, they were shared by liberal thinkers such as Dickens and John Stuart Mill. Rachel Shteir, New York Times, "Ibsen Wrote ‘An Enemy of the People’ in 1882. Trump Has Made It Popular Again.," 9 Mar. 2018

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eu·​gen·​i·​cist | \ -ˈjen-ə-səst How to pronounce eugenicist (audio) \

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