in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al·​ism ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce intellectualism (audio)
: devotion to the exercise of intellect or to intellectual pursuits
ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-list How to pronounce intellectualism (audio)
noun or adjective
ˌin-tə-ˌlek-chə-wə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce intellectualism (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s talk of resentment, anti-intellectualism, and a view that higher education is a liberal bastion. Nick Fouriezos, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022 Conceptualism, born in the 1960s as eggheaded formal experimentalism, morphed in the ‘80s into a strident strain of art driven by fiery political indictment and dense intellectualism. Globe Staff,, 20 Oct. 2022 Upper-class and influential residents, including Frances Willard—famous leader of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union—exalted Evanston as a bastion of intellectualism, religion, morality, and gorgeous greenery. Kari Lydersen, The New Republic, 26 Sep. 2022 As Bunch sees it, this was the origin point of a political anti-intellectualism that would later lead conservative politicians to shift resources away from higher education. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2022 In Tracksmith’s tale of art and intellect intersecting with commerce, arguably the biggest coup to date has been getting Malcolm Gladwell, the British-Canadian don of populist intellectualism, on board. Katie Baron, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 But don’t go in expecting art-house intellectualism. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2022 Black was shorthand for money, intellectualism, and power. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 May 2022 To promote classical charters, the GOP is rebranding as the party that nourishes human flourishing and intellectualism, inconsistent as this posture may be with its actual policies. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intellectualism was in 1800

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“Intellectualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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