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[an-tee-in-tl-ek-choo-uh l, an-tahy‐] /ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl, ˌæn taɪ‐/
a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.
of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.
Also, anti-intellectualist.
Origin of anti-intellectual
First recorded in 1935-40
Related forms
anti-intellectualism, noun
anti-intellectualistic, adjective
anti-intellectuality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here also appears clearly the anti-intellectualism of Crescas and his disagreement with Maimonides and Gersonides.

  • Their indeterminism is indeed the necessary and logical accompaniment of their anti-intellectualism.

    Religion and Science John Charlton Hardwick
  • anti-intellectualism and the State—Syndicalism—Class war, "direct action."

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
  • No wonder that 'anti-intellectualism' should result from such a conception of knowledge.

    John Dewey's logical theory Delton Thomas Howard
Word Origin and History for anti-intellectualism

1904, from anti- + intellectualism; or in some cases from anti-intellectual + -ism.


1821 (adj.), from anti- + intellectual. As a noun meaning "an anti-intellectual person" from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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