an·​ti-in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al ˌan-tē-ˌin-tə-ˈlek-ch(ə-w)əl How to pronounce anti-intellectual (audio)
: opposing or hostile to intellectuals or to an intellectual view or approach
anti-intellectual noun
anti-intellectualism noun

Examples of anti-intellectual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the Cultural Revolution tears through China, young scientist Ye Wenjie (Zine Tseng) watches a mob beat her father to death in an anti-intellectual frenzy. Alison Herman, Variety, 9 Mar. 2024 On and on the anti-intellectual drivel goes, parroted by scores more of MAGA Media personalities who spend their days peddling junk to their audiences. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 That puts Disney, a reputable brand that aims to be as inoffensive as possible, in the company of Fox News, the only other major television broadcaster that comes to mind that allows for the irresponsible and unchecked airing of such anti-intellectual drivel. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 And his attacks on science and education form part of a troubling anti-intellectual, right-wing populism that threatens liberal democracies worldwide. Eric D. Carter, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2023 But as the historian Richard Hofstadter noted at the time, the United States has long nurtured a powerful anti-intellectual strain—one that reached an especially vicious apotheosis during the 1950s. Beverly Gage, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021 The mob is anti-intellectual, incurious, and authoritarian. David Harsanyi, National Review, 27 Apr. 2023 Judge Kyle Duncan and many others lament not only the restriction of ideas and speech, but also the anti-intellectual and illiberal environments in top universities today that make a dean believe that censorship is necessary to maintain the peace. WSJ, 29 Mar. 2023 The similarities between the two cases are striking: an anti-intellectual undercurrent depicting teachers as carriers of alien, even anti-American, values; the imposition of political litmus tests on academic standards; the enforcement of orthodoxy through government power. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-intellectual was in 1821

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“Anti-intellectual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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