in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al·​ism ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce intellectualism (audio)
: devotion to the exercise of intellect or to intellectual pursuits
ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-list How to pronounce intellectualism (audio)
noun or adjective
ˌin-tə-ˌlek-chə-wə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce intellectualism (audio)

Examples of intellectualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This collection presents seven of Sontag’s writings on gender and sexuality, including a critique of Leni Riefenstahl’s films, a notable exchange with Adrienne Rich on intellectualism in the feminist movement and more. New York Times, 23 June 2023 These initiatives support some of the organization’s goals, which include increasing visibility and promotion of Caribbean writers and to positively impact the community’s understanding of Caribbean culture and intellectualism through literary works. Melissa Noel, Essence, 21 Sep. 2022 Wishes are all fine & good, but the great accomplishments of human intellectualism are systems of the world which map onto that world, not systems of the world which construct mythical conceptual superstructures. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2012 In this series, each contributor trusts their tastes and thinks with and through the music to tell a story of unexpected connections and embodied intellectualism. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 The details of the argument, and his more general worry about the state of his society, are less important than the fact that there has been a persistent and widening chasm in perception, and often in reality, between the two antipodes of intellectualism, the humanities and science. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2013 The schools became centers of scholarship and intellectualism, turning out most of the nation’s Black doctors, teachers, and judges and boasting alumni such as Martin Luther King Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee, writer Toni Morrison, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democratic senator from Georgia., 19 July 2021 Hollywood prefers to depict Monroe as a cautionary tale, rather than showcasing her sensitivity as a poet, her intellectualism as a voracious reader, her ferocity in beating 20th Century Fox in court, and her creativity and ambition in founding her own production company. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 24 Jan. 2023 While many of his works were lauded, Godard also made a string of films that were politically charged and experimental, and pleased few outside a small circle of fans, while frustrating many critics who saw them as filled with overblown intellectualism. Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intellectualism was in 1800

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“Intellectualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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