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anti-intellectual

[ an-tee-in-tl-ek-choo-uhl, an-tahy‐ ]
/ ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl, ˌæn taɪ‐ /
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noun
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.
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.
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Also an·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·ist [an-tee-in-tl-ek-choo-uh-list, an-tahy‐] /ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu ə lɪst, ˌæn taɪ‐/ .

Origin of anti-intellectual

First recorded in 1935–40

OTHER WORDS FROM anti-intellectual

an·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·ism, nounan·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·ty, noun
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