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intellectualize

[in-tl-ek-choo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
  2. to make intellectual.
  3. to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
  4. to ignore the emotional or psychological significance of (an action, feeling, dream, etc.) by an excessively intellectual or abstract explanation.
verb (used without object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.
Also especially British, in·tel·lec·tu·al·ise.

Origin of intellectualize

First recorded in 1810–20; intellectual + -ize
Related formsin·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion, nounin·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize, verb, o·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, o·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.sem·i-in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, adjective
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intellectualize

intellectualise

verb
  1. to make or become intellectual
  2. (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
Derived Formsintellectualization or intellectualisation, nounintellectualizer or intellectualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for intellectualization

n.

1821, noun of action from intellectualize.

intellectualize

v.

1819, from intellectual + -ize. Related: Intellectualized; intellectualizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

intellectualization in Medicine

intellectualization

(ĭn′tl-ĕk′chōō-ə-lĭ-zāshən)
n.
  1. The act or process of intellectualizing.
  2. An unconscious means of protecting oneself from the emotional stress and anxiety associated with confronting painful personal fears or problems by excessive reasoning.

intellectualize

(ĭn′tl-ĕkchōō-ə-līz′)
v.
  1. To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
  2. To engage in intellectualization.
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