Definition of automatist in English:

automatist

noun

  • A maker of automata.

noun

  • 1Spiritualism
    Chiefly 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.

  • 3historical An 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.

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or using automatism.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

automatist

/ɔːˈtɒmətɪst/