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

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 29 Jan. 2023.

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