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cerebral

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of cerebral

  1. 1 much given to learning and thinking <a very cerebral jurist who has given much thought to what makes our nation's constitution work> Synonyms blue, intellectual, eggheaded, geeky, highbrow, highbrowed, intellectualist, intellectualistic, long-haired (or longhair), nerdish, nerdyRelated Words cultivated, cultured; middlebrow; erudite, learned, literate, polyhistoric, polymath (or polymathic), scholarly, well-read; academic (also academical), bookish, professorial; didactic, high-toned, hyperintellectual, pedantic; high-hat, snobbish, snobby, snooty; educated, schooled; brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, quick-witted, smartNear Antonyms uncultivated, uncultured; ignorant, illiterate, uneducated, unlettered, unread; dumb, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), moronic, slow, stupid, unintelligent; benighted, unenlightenedAntonyms anti-intellectual, lowbrow, nonintellectual, philistine

  2. 2 of or relating to the mind <a young man given more to cerebral pursuits than to sporting activities> Synonyms mental, inner, intellectual, interior, internal, psychological (also psychologic)Related Words cognitive, conscious, epistemic, knowing; noetic; psychic (also psychical), telepathic; alert, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, quick-witted, rational, reasoning, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, thinkingNear Antonyms bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, fleshly, physical, somatic; unconscious; brainless, dense, doltish, dopey (also dopy), fatuous, half-witted, mindless, obtuse, simple, slow-witted, stupid, thick, thickheaded, unintelligent, weak-minded, witlessAntonyms nonmental





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