intellectualism

noun
in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al·​ism | \ ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce intellectualism (audio) , -chə-ˌli-, -shwə-ˌli-, -chü(-ə)-ˌli- \

Definition of intellectualism

: devotion to the exercise of intellect or to intellectual pursuits

Other Words from intellectualism

intellectualist \ ˌin-​tə-​ˈlek-​chə-​wə-​list How to pronounce intellectualism (audio) , -​chə-​list , -​shwə-​list , -​chü(-​ə)-​list \ noun or adjective
intellectualistic \ ˌin-​tə-​ˌlek-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce intellectualism (audio) , -​chə-​ˈli-​ , -​shwə-​ˈli-​ , -​chü(-​ə)-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

Examples of intellectualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black was shorthand for money, intellectualism, and power. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 May 2022 To promote classical charters, the GOP is rebranding as the party that nourishes human flourishing and intellectualism, inconsistent as this posture may be with its actual policies. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 American anti-intellectualism provides a rich cultural agar for growing these theories. Elizabeth Williamson, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 But navel-gazing intellectualism must meet realpolitik. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, 28 Feb. 2022 In contrast with Accel’s patrician intellectualism, Sequoia Capital built its reputation on immigrant grit. Daniel Rasmussen, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 There are framed photographs of Michelle Obama and Oprah on the walls, and gigantic storybooks on the floor—a wink at the spirit of faux intellectualism. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 There are framed photographs of Michelle Obama and Oprah on the walls, and gigantic storybooks on the floor—a wink at the spirit of faux intellectualism. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 What Youngkin’s choice to raise this issue at this point in the campaign reveals is his understanding of the appeal of anti-intellectualism among a specific segment of voters. NBC News, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of intellectualism

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Intellectualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intellectualism. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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