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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But there's no point in diminishing the fact that Hamilton was a full-spectrum eugenicist. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2013 Your legacy will be that of a eugenicist. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 That’s what the eugenicists were trying to answer in advance. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 1 Mar. 2023 Henry Fairfield Osborn, a paleontologist who worked at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York, was the moneyman: scion of a railroad family, nephew to the corporate raider J. P. Morgan, boyhood chums with Theodore Roosevelt, as well as an insufferable racist and avowed eugenicist. Steve Brusatte, The Atlantic, 7 June 2022 Petrie was also a fervent eugenicist. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 16 Dec. 2021 The concept of nuking a hurricane was actually first raised during a speech by Julian Huxley (brother of Aldous and a noted eugenicist) during a speech to more than 18,000 people in Madison Square Garden on December 3, 1945. Eric Niiler, Wired, 1 Sep. 2020 William Shockley, who invented the transistor and became a strident eugenicist in the 1970s and ‘80s, carries the ball another few decades. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2023 Previously, the highest annual award of the society was named after William Allan, a known eugenicist who supported sterilizations. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 29 May. 2023.

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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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