Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See alienage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fact or position of being an alien; alienage.
  • n. The study or treatment of mental disorders; psychiatry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The status or legal condition of an alien; alienage.
  • n. The study or treatment of diseases of the mind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being an alien.
  • n. The study and treatment of mental diseases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an obsolete term for the study and treatment of mental illness
  • n. the quality of being alien

Etymologies

From alien + -ism. (Wiktionary)
From French aliénisme, from aliéné in the meaning of "insane" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1890 Wisconsin Governor William D. Hoard claimed that German-Americans were engaged in a conspiracy to darken the understanding of the children, and called for native born Americans to fight alienism and selfish ecclesiasticism by closing all German language schools in the state and making education in government schooling compulsory.

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  • Something they dont realize is that they have not given up on religion but made alienism their religion.

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  • "Old stock Americans . . . see in the Roman Church today the chief leader of alienism, and the most dangerous alien power with a foothold inside our boundaries," Evans wrote.

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  • The Matter in the Intellectual Realm is an Existent, for there is nothing previous to it except the Beyond-Existence; but what precedes the Matter of this sphere is Existence; by its alienism in regard to the beauty and good of Existence, Matter is therefore a non-existent.

    The Six Enneads.

  • With a frozen sense of her alienism, Lilly sat, as it were, outside the situation, proffering herself almost with a sense of intrusion.

    Star-Dust

  • And as if their alienism disturbed him, he moved restlessly, almost resentfully, bit his lips nervously, moistened them, and began putting away his things.

    Lifted Masks; stories

  • The alienism is then purely political, and works no hardship but what Suffragists conceive to be in the mental attitude of the worker.

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  • It is a truism to say that in our social code the value of a man's character is determined by his position; and fine traits in a foreigner unless he should happen to be something very great strike us rather as part of a supposed mental alienism, and as such, naturally suspicious.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

  • In spite of her friendly sympathy, he never felt so keenly his alienism as in her presence.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

  • It is a truism to say that in our social code the value of a man's character is determined by his position; and fine traits in a foreigner (unless he should happen to be something very great) strike us rather as part of a supposed mental alienism, and as such, naturally suspicious.

    Tales from Two Hemispheres

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