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 Dealing with creative writing, life, isolation, intellectualism, social interaction, mentoring and mortality it’s an inspired choice for the COVID era. Christopher Arnott,, "10 Connecticut arts events for April: The HSO plays The Wadsworth, cafe nine reopens, and more," 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, "Essential Arts: A compelling anti-tourist California in new photo show," 27 Mar. 2021 But there were signs in that first campaign of Mr. Johnson’s predilection for anti-intellectualism. New York Times, "Assaulting the Truth, Ron Johnson Helps Erode Confidence in Government," 21 Mar. 2021 Evangelicalism in America, however, has come to be defined by its anti-intellectualism. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Wasting of the Evangelical Mind," 4 Mar. 2021 But chiding Biden, a lifelong education champion, about her honorific — on the esteemed and far-reaching pages of the Wall Street Journal — smacks of an anti-intellectualism that Burnham can’t abide. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: We didn’t just hate the Dr. Jill Biden op-ed by Joseph Epstein for its condescension. We hated it for its contempt for educators.," 14 Dec. 2020 But this merely isn’t a matter of alternative facts, anti-intellectualism or science-denial. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Whitmire: Mo Brooks knows better than you," 4 Dec. 2020 Adding to the mix, leaders of the Breslov movement emphasize euphoria and joy rather than the intellectualism of other Orthodox Jewish streams. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "How a Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage created a year-round community in Uman, Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2020 Taken as a whole, the rhetorical fusillade that’s been aimed at the NBA runs the gamut, from the unsubtle dog-whistles of the Breitbart set—and the president himself—to the pseudo-intellectualism of National Review’s roster of thinkfluencers. John Wilmes, The New Republic, "The NBA Is White Conservatives’ Favorite New Target for Racial Dog-Whistling," 26 Aug. 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 16 Apr. 2021.

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