alienist

[eyl-yuh-nist, ey-lee-uh-]
noun
1.
(formerly) a doctor specializing in the treatment of mental illness.
2.
an expert witness in a sanity trial.

Origin:
1860–65; alien(ation) + -ist; compare French aliéniste in same sense

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alienist (ˈeɪljənɪst, ˈeɪlɪə-)
 
n
1.  (US) a psychiatrist who specializes in the legal aspects of mental illness
2.  obsolete a person who practises alienism

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alienist
"one who treats mental illness, 'mad doctor,' " 1864, from Fr. aliéniste, from alienation in the sense of "insanity, loss of mental faculty," a sense attested in Eng. from late 15c. (see alienate).
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alienist al·ien·ist (āl'yə-nĭst, ā'lē-ə-)
n.
A physician accepted by a court of law as an expert on the mental competence of principals or witnesses.

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He even boasted of having been diagnosed by an alienist as a cured hydrocephalic.
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