Word of the Day Archive
Monday October 21, 2013
analysand \un-NAL-uh-sand, -zand\
Psychiatry. a person undergoing psychoanalysis.
Put simply (and to my mind it was a ludicrously simple idea), instead of the analyst listening to the patient and then providing an interpretation, of whatever kind, Alkan would say what he thought the analysand would say.
-- Will Self, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, 1993
I had been an analysand myself for eight years, two or three times a week, with breaks for babies. When puzzled and distraught it is nice to have a hired hand to talk to - though a week's silent reflection might do as well.
-- Fay Weldon, Mantrapped, 2004
Analysand is a combination of analyze + -and. While this term existed in English since the 1850s, it was not until the 1920s that it took on its psychoanalytical sense.