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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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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The youngster was brought up in the best Petrie tradition of piety and intellectualism. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020 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, "Welcome to Hive," 27 Feb. 2020 Symbolized by the Water Bearer, Aquarius is known for eccentricity, intellectualism, and humanitarianism. Erika W. Smith,, "This Aquarius Season, Everyone Gets Weird," 17 Jan. 2020 Stanford was an institute of higher learning that had never been committed to an abstract intellectualism but had long pursued connections to private industry. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley," 27 Sep. 2019 His work is cherished by regional theaters, small theaters and especially college theaters, which dig his funny intellectualism. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ‘The Plot’ at Yale Rep is a blistering but funny drama about death and business," 10 Dec. 2019

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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 Jun. 2020.

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