After Karl Adolf Eichmann (1906–1962), "the architect of the Holocaust".


Eichmann ‎(plural Eichmanns)

  1. One who willingly participates in immoral or destructive actions without ethical qualms because the actions are acceptable to society.
    • 1968, William Phillips, A sense of the present
      Hence, no special moral or political perversion is required to produce an Eichmann; it might be said that there are thousands of potential Eichmanns.
    • 1992, Ian Shapiro, Political Criticism
      Their arguments usually involve holding variants of the claim that the life of an Eichmann or a Stalin could not have been an integrated one...
    • 1996, Lenore Langsdorf, Stephen H Watson, E Marya Bower, Phenomenology, interpretation, and community
      One can imagine an Eichmann who was capable of questioning the meaning of this or that defense for his actions that he might give...
    • 2004, Alan P. Lightman, Daniel R Sarewitz, Christina Desser, Living with the Genie: essays on technology and the quest for human mastery
      Does the notion of a scientific gaze and the impersonality of method allow for an Eichmann in the scientist in all of us?
    • 2005, Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, The worlds of Herman Kahn: the intuitive science of thermonuclear war
      "I've been accused of playing an Eichmann-like role in supporting an evil policy."