eu·​gen·​i·​cist yü-ˈje-nə-sist How to pronounce eugenicist (audio)
: a student or advocate of eugenics

Examples of eugenicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or is the destruction of the patriarchy another lie the witches tell Anna to try to join her in their incestuous eugenicist cause? Katie Rife, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2024 These include apologists for slavery such as John Calhoun, progressive eugenicists such as Lothrop Stoddard, and white nationalist agitators such as William Pierce. George Hawley, Foreign Affairs, 27 Oct. 2017 Religion, more than race By the 20th century, eugenicists were obsessing over race. Matthew Smith, The Conversation, 21 May 2024 Hill devotes chapters to ensuring readers understand the wider context of facial recognition technology, exploring, for example, its sordid eugenicist origins. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 At the time, deaf people across the country had been targeted by eugenicists who wanted to establish sterilization laws to prevent them from having children. Claire Healy, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Landowners, county officials and even farmers of differing nationalities ranked migrants — Japanese, Indians, Filipinos, Mexicans and eventually Black southerners — in terms that would be familiar to white eugenicists. Janet Wilson, ProPublica, 9 Nov. 2023 In the 1970s, UVA’s University Health System acquired properties from Black owners in the Gospel Hill neighborhood to build Jordan Hall, named after the former medical school dean and prominent eugenicist Harvey E. Jordan. Louis Hansen, ProPublica, 11 Sep. 2023 Earlier this month, the Washington Post published a ghastly report about a brain collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington that was amassed by an early 20th century eugenicist to support his racist theories. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eugenicist was circa 1909

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“Eugenicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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eu·​gen·​i·​cist -ˈjen-ə-səst How to pronounce eugenicist (audio)
: a student or advocate of eugenics
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