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

Definition of intellectualism 

: devotion to the exercise of intellect or to intellectual pursuits

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

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Of course, anti-intellectualism has been brewing before tweets; well before the days when my 12-year-old nephew and the president joined forces to weigh in on crucial world issues. New York Times, "What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities?," 5 June 2018 His education in various Central American seminaries had been wide, but intellectualism seemed, to him, a foreign thing. The Economist, "Obituary: Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the first cardinal from Central America," 23 June 2018 Miller writes that Jamison’s intellectualism and interest in story-telling form a barrier to the truth—to understanding how that very interest resembles, and indeed drives, her substance abuse. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Big, Bad Truth of Michelle Tea," 16 May 2018 His image is one of ironic self-awareness and near-compulsive intellectualism. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Men and Apparitions Dissects A Male Feminist’s Crisis," 9 Apr. 2018 This is all embedded in a larger discussion about conspiracy theorists and the dangers of anti-intellectualism. Alex Wong, GQ, "What a Filmmaker Learned from Taking Flat Earthers Seriously," 4 June 2018 The Suicide of the West is a book that can only be taken seriously by people from whom ideas matter less than the idea of ideas mattering; that is, for whom intellectualism is an exercise in branding and PR. Park Macdougald, Daily Intelligencer, "The Idea-Free Book That Has the Right Excited About Ideas," 1 June 2018 In 1953, Ray Bradbury created a mirror for our worst fears about mass media, conformity, and anti-intellectualism. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 turns a warning about media into a tirade against tech trends," 19 May 2018 Fujimori mocked and attacked Vargas Llosa relentlessly, drawing attention to his agnosticism, his international connections, his earnest intellectualism and his racy novels. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment," 20 Feb. 2018

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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