su·​per·​in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al ˌsü-pər-ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wəl How to pronounce superintellectual (audio)
: extremely intellectual
… efforts to change the school's image from superintellectual to smart but fun.Jacob Weisberg
Simon was the superintellectual type whose immense stores of esoteric knowledge baffled Henry.Carrie Alexander
: existing beyond or transcending intellect
Religion is a superintellectual certainty of the presence of God in the affairs of man, in the affairs of His Universe.Jacob H. Kaplan
superintellectual noun
plural superintellectuals
… presents himself … as a superintellectual and visionary acutely perceptive of world affairs … Virginia Whatley Smith

Word History

First Known Use

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of superintellectual was in 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Superintellectual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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