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 Loomis was an idealist, but also a eugenicist; MH, a radical leader who has supposedly renounced materialism, wears expensive jeans and motorcycle boots and owns a lake house. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Deaf and disabled people were, and in some places remain, victims of eugenicist or bigoted policies that have in the past included experimentation and compulsory sterilization. Sara Novic, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 17 Sep. 2020 One of the primary examples would be [prominent eugenicist] Harry Laughlin. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, 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, 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, 18 May 2020

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First Known Use of eugenicist

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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

Medical Definition of eugenicist

: a student or advocate of eugenics


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