Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice or peculiar cleverness of attorneys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practice or peculiar cleverness of attorneys.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practices of attorneys; the unscrupulous practices frequently attributed to attorneys or lawyers. Carlyle.

Etymologies

attorney +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In England heroic wisdom is not yet dead, and quite replaced by attorneyism: the honest beaver faculty yet abounds with us, the heroic manful faculty shows itself also to the observant eye, not dead but dangerously sleeping.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • Vain to call in universal-suffrage parliaments at that stage: the universal-suffrage parliaments cannot give you any breath of life, cannot find any _wisdom_ for you; by long impiety, you have let the supply of noble human wisdom die out; and the wisdom that now courts your universal suffrages is beggarly human _attorneyism_ or sham-wisdom, which is _not_ an insight into the Laws of God's Universe, but into the laws of hungry Egoism and the Devil's Chicane, and can in the end profit no community or man.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

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