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

Examples of intellectualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Libras adore high art, intellectualism, and connoisseurship. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Libra, Explained," 31 July 2020 American colleges and universities offer petri-dish conditions for the coronavirus: Thousands of people from around the globe converge to live, study, eat, work and play in crowded quarters where lofty intellectualism intertwines with partying. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "Colleges are racing to create 'a new sense of normalcy.' Will new rules, COVID-19 testing be enough?," 5 July 2020 The thread of anti-intellectualism is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this nexus of polarization, as it is intertwined with a recurrent issue. Mugambi Jouet, The New Republic, "The Trump Cult Is Loyal to an Ideology, Not the Man," 26 June 2020 Anti-intellectualism may be defined as a skepticism of education that can range from mere indifference toward knowledge to a downright animosity toward experts. Mugambi Jouet, The New Republic, "The Trump Cult Is Loyal to an Ideology, Not the Man," 26 June 2020 And no one should have trouble critiquing all of the things that Stanley says constitute fascism: appeals to a mythic past, attacks on intellectualism and intellectuals, hierarchies of race and gender, calls for law and order, and so forth. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, "The Trouble with Comparisons," 19 May 2020 And emphasize emotional appeal over intellectualism or strategy. Los Angeles Times, "You can play video games with your cat — yes, your cat! Here’s how," 8 May 2020 Kori is giving Chloe good banter, and Matthew’s faux intellectualism is turning Madison off. Shannon Carlin,, "Too Hot To Handle," 20 Apr. 2020 In the petri dish of anti-intellectualism known as high school, Daria was a proudly defiant holdout. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter TV Critics: 10 Great Shows About Loners and Misanthropes (the Original Social Distancers)," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of intellectualism

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Intellectualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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