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

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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 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. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 18 June 2021 Once famous as a bumbling bore on a TV quiz show, he was known for his intellectualism, charm and seduction in his personal life. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Far from everyone is drawn to non-monogamy by intellectualism and utopian theory, though, Denkinson explains. Natasha Preskey,, 26 May 2021 Covid-19 denialism, their unfounded beliefs in election fraud, and their embrace of QAnon conspiracies, by discussing the anti-intellectualism that has long pervaded evangelicalism. Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2021 This led to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, when an era of art, culture and intellectualism was born that gave way to leaders like Marcus Garvey and Zora Neale Hurston. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2021 The White House likes to tout its belief in facts and science, an indirect rebuke of what critics condemn as four years of anti-intellectualism under former President Donald Trump. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 8 Apr. 2021 Dealing with creative writing, life, isolation, intellectualism, social interaction, mentoring and mortality it’s an inspired choice for the COVID era. Christopher Arnott,, 3 Apr. 2021 Times theater critic Charles McNulty writes about why diverse representation is so critical in the arts — as well as in the honors that are bestowed upon them: because art can make an emotional connection that pure intellectualism can’t. Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of intellectualism

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Intellectualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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