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

Definition of eugenicist

: a student or advocate of eugenics

Examples of eugenicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In January, Boalt Hall at the UC Berkeley School of Law was denamed because of attorney John Henry Boalt’s racist writings, while USC removed the name of Rufus von KleinSmid, a prominent eugenicist, from one of its buildings in June. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "UC Berkeley to remove names of LeConte and Barrows halls due to ‘controversial legacies’," 18 Nov. 2020 The surgery was urged at birth control clinics throughout the archipelago, including several that were established by U.S. eugenicist Clarence Gamble, an heir to the Procter & Gamble company. Raquel Reichard,, "In Puerto Rico, A History Of Colonization Led To An Atrocious Lack of Reproductive Freedom," 20 Oct. 2020 Students point to the fact that the SAT was designed by a eugenicist, and that the UT system primarily began testing applicants in the 1950s to counteract desegregation without appearing to discriminate against Black students. Jennifer Zhan, Dallas News, "Why changes to merit-based scholarships have become an issue of racial equity for students at UT Dallas," 17 Sep. 2020 One of the primary examples would be [prominent eugenicist] Harry Laughlin. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The 1924 Law That Slammed the Door on Immigrants and the Politicians Who Pushed it Back Open," 19 May 2020 The debates around the commemoration of Fisher can be summarized by whether his identifiers—statistician, geneticist, and eugenicist—can or should be separated. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Scientific American, "For Scientific Institutions, Racial Reconciliation Requires Reparations," 12 June 2020 California’s Save the Redwoods League was founded in 1918 by eugenicists who explicitly linked the protection of the environment with the preservation of racial purity. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Making Life Cheap," 18 May 2020 Alex Jones endures, broadcasting his claims that the virus is both a eugenicist plot and a myth. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Strange Comfort of Reading a Pandemic Novel," 13 May 2020 With Holmes’s approval, eugenicist policies thrived in the United States for a decade, until at last revulsion at Nazi atrocities produced a backlash. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "The Shrinking Legacy of a Supreme Court Justice," 1 Oct. 2019

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Eugenicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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

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: a student or advocate of eugenics

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