intellectualism

noun
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

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 There are framed photographs of Michelle Obama and Oprah on the walls, and gigantic storybooks on the floor—a wink at the spirit of faux intellectualism. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 There are framed photographs of Michelle Obama and Oprah on the walls, and gigantic storybooks on the floor—a wink at the spirit of faux intellectualism. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 What Youngkin’s choice to raise this issue at this point in the campaign reveals is his understanding of the appeal of anti-intellectualism among a specific segment of voters. NBC News, 26 Oct. 2021 There are framed photographs of Michelle Obama and Oprah on the walls, and gigantic storybooks on the floor—a wink at the spirit of faux intellectualism. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Across the continuum of illiberal intellectualism, there are apocalyptic cries about the imminent collapse of Western Civilization. Laura Field, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021 In fact, anti-intellectualism is usually the incidental consequence of some other intention, often some justifiable intention. Garret Keizer, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 There are framed photographs of Michelle Obama and Oprah on the walls, and gigantic storybooks on the floor—a wink at the spirit of faux intellectualism. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 To Fisher, the Fall is a harbinger of the Weird — invaders from another reality system, receivers of stray psychic signals, a riot of anti-intellectual intellectualism. Washington Post, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of intellectualism

1800, in the meaning defined above

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16 Dec 2021

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“Intellectualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intellectualism. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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