Definition of eugenics in English:


plural noun

  • [treated as singular] The science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.

    • ‘And as you know eugenics is defined as the science of improving the qualities of the human race.’
    • ‘A world not only of eugenics, but also of tight government control over all aspects of human reproduction.’
    • ‘But the origin of eugenics was simply a desire to increase the odds that a child would be born healthy.’
    • ‘Once you've got regulated breeding, it's a short skip to selective breeding - eugenics.’
    • ‘Just to stop us getting too excited, we were cautioned by stories of eugenics and mutant pigs.’
    • ‘Racism and eugenics were very popular among Leftists in Hitler's day.’
    • ‘It was a drastic form of eugenics, a desire to improve the race by eliminating genetic defects.’
    • ‘Clearly, contemporary views of heritability are populist market eugenics in a new form.’
    • ‘Not today, anyway, though there have been times when it has: social Darwinism and eugenics made claims like that.’
    • ‘He devoted the latter part of his life to eugenics, i.e. improving the physical and mental makeup of the human species by selected parenthood.’
    • ‘In Erlangen, the University keenly promoted the science of eugenics.’
    • ‘In the United States in recent years, interest in eugenics has centered around genetic screening.’
    • ‘An example is the notion of eugenics, a painful memory in the history of science.’
    • ‘As the explosion in genetic research continued, the temptation of eugenics grew ever more alluring.’
    • ‘Not only was eugenics said to be good science, it was also supported by Scripture.’
    • ‘After World War I they were less sanguine about progress and more inclined to the hereditarian pessimism of eugenics.’
    • ‘He believes the history of eugenics is the history of government out of control, not geneticists.’
    • ‘It is easy to criticise the premarital medical examination on grounds of human rights, control, oppression, and eugenics.’
    • ‘Although critics insist that eugenics was based on bad science, they often ignore the link to evolution.’
    • ‘His enduring fame, or infamy, rests on eugenics, which means, crudely, the selective breeding of humans.’