: a person who wants to be thought of as having a lot of intelligence and knowledge but who is not really intelligent or knowledgeable

Examples of pseudo-intellectual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celebrated by some as gospel and criticized by others as pseudo-intellectual, the split-personality meanderings of Pitt and his counterpart — played by the incredible Edward Norton — have endured the test of time and are quoted in the vein of films like The Godfather (1972) or Scarface (1983). Derek Scancarelli,, 18 Dec. 2023 The idea that the film critiques itself is pseudo-intellectual nonsense out of Brown University (Haynes’s alma mater). Armond White, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024

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“Pseudo-intellectual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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