One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A maker of automata.
1Chiefly Spiritualism. A person engaged in or subject to automatism; specifically a medium who produces automatic writing.
2An artist, writer, etc., whose technique is based upon automatism.
3An adherent of the theory or doctrine of automatism; a person who believes organisms are motivated by mechanical and physical causes rather than consciousness or will. Now chiefly historical.
Of, relating to, or using automatism.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Frederic Wraxall (1828–1865), writer. From automat- + -ist, after French automatiste<br>mid 19th century. From automat- + -ist, after automatism.
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