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pseudointellectual

[soo-doh-in-tl-ek-choo-uh l]
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noun
  1. a person exhibiting intellectual pretensions that have no basis in sound scholarship.
  2. a person who pretends an interest in intellectual matters for reasons of status.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by fraudulent intellectuality; unscholarly: a pseudointellectual book.

Origin of pseudointellectual

First recorded in 1935–40; pseudo- + intellectual
Related formspseu·do·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ly, adverb
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  • For example, there can be no doubt that one may see from time to time the pseudo-intellectual woman.

  • I said your whole damned Index is nothing but a bunch of pseudo-intellectual garbage.

    The Great Gray Plague

    Raymond F. Jones